Manitoba gives Shared Health power to investigate COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in health-care workers

A new emergency order in Manitoba allows the province’s patient care organization to check whether health-care workers who have received COVID-19 vaccines were actually entitled to get them.

The Manitoba government announced in a news release that Shared Health is now able to investigate and confirm eligibility.

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It says if the investigation confirms a person gave false information to get a vaccine early, the info can be shared with their employer, professional regulatory body, or to law enforcement.

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The order is retroactive to mid-December when COVID-19 vaccinations began in Manitoba.

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