Pallister updates on vaccine rollout, including ramp-up in personal care homes

Manitoba’s premier has provided new information on the province’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Brian Pallister provided details on how the rollout has been going and what future changes will be made to ensure vaccines get to Manitobans faster.

Pallister says the province will launch a 28-day immunization campaign aimed at eligible personal care home (PCH) residents. The campaign is expected to launch Jan. 11, 2021 when residents will receive their first shot. The province expects every resident who qualifies to be vaccinated by mid-March.

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines will be used during this campaign.

The province says this coming weekend it plans to immunize an estimated 1,157 people at:

  • Boyne Lodge, Carman, Southern Health–Santé Sud 
  • Charleswood Care Centre, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Hillcrest Place, Brandon, Prairie Mountain Health
  • Oakview Place, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • St. Paul’s Residence, The Pas, Northern Health Region
  • Tudor House, Selkirk, Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority; and
  • Tuxedo Villa, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Pallister says the schedule for other PCH’s will come out next week. Manitoba has 135 personal care homes with about 10,000 residents.

Elsewhere, approximately 4,500 front line healthcare workers who qualify for the vaccine have booked appointments for their first of two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which they will get between Jan. 4-10, 2021. They are expected to get their second shot between Jan. 25-31, 2021, according to a CBC Manitoba article.

The article also says as of today, Manitoba has received 10,800 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 7,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine, 5,300 of which are earmarked for Indigenous communities.

Pallister said at today’s news conference 5,165 people in Manitoba had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

Manitoba is also building two new vaccination super sites, Pallister said. One in Brandon and one in Thompson. The first one was set up at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Monday, Jan. 4, 2020.

You can view the full news conference in the video below: (news conference actually starts around 15 minutes)