Manitoba to start booking 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday

Manitoba will start booking second dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments Friday.

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At a technical briefing held for media Wednesday morning, Manitoba’s vaccine task force operations lead, Johanu Botha, said those with certain health conditions will be prioritized for the first round of second shots.

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Manitobans 12-17 now eligible for vaccine

Health officials are expected to have more information at a 12:30 p.m. press conference.

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Global News will stream the media briefing in this story.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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