Manitoba to lower COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults today

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is set to lower the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 18 years of age and older on Wednesday.

Premier Brian Pallister first announced the coming expansion on Tuesday, with Johanu Botha, co-lead of Manitoba’s Vaccine Task Force, confirming the news at a technical briefing on Wednesday.

Botha noted the age cohorts are moving more quickly as appointment uptake is being watched.

He noted it is expected that the first doses of the vaccine will be administered to 70 per cent of Manitobans aged 12 years of age and older between June 6 and 9.

Botha and Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the task force, will be speaking at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building at 12:30 p.m. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

– With files from CTV’s Michelle Gerwing. 

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