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Manitoba Health Updates COVID-19 and Seasonal Flu Vaccines Avaliability


Winnipeg, October 6, 2023 - Manitoba Health has announced the commencement of the distribution of updated COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccines across the province. The initial deliveries are prioritizing high-need locations such as personal care homes and hospitals. These vaccines are anticipated to become more widely accessible to the public within the next few weeks, although availability might vary among different sites.


As soon as these updated vaccines become available, the public is encouraged to start their immunization process. The online vaccine finder at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine.html#finder will be continuously updated with new locations and clinic details provided to the province. Multiple avenues are offered for vaccine access, including direct booking with pharmacies or medical clinics, utilizing the online booking tool at https://patient.petal-health.com/login?groupId=6032, calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222), or attending upcoming community vaccine clinics.


To reinforce this initiative, an extensive advertising campaign encouraging Manitobans to maintain their vaccination schedules will launch province-wide the following week. Manitoba Health has established a centralized online resource at www.manitoba.ca/protectMB, serving as a comprehensive guide for COVID-19, seasonal flu, and pneumococcal vaccines, including booking procedures.


The distribution of the updated Moderna vaccine is underway, with additional COVID-19 vaccine supplies expected in the coming weeks to ensure an adequate stock for all Manitobans seeking immunization.


Notably, children aged six months to under five years old, who were particularly vulnerable during the previous respiratory virus season, are strongly recommended to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Furthermore, individuals at higher risk of severe outcomes, including elderly adults, residents of long-term care homes, those with underlying medical conditions, pregnant or breastfeeding individuals, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit community members, as well as essential community service providers, are urged to get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and seasonal flu.


Detailed eligibility criteria can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine.html and www.gov.mb.ca/health/flu/index.html. Anyone with queries about COVID-19 or seasonal flu vaccinations is encouraged to consult their healthcare provider or contact Health Links-Info Santé at 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) or 204-788-8200.


Manitoba Health emphasizes the safety and effectiveness of receiving multiple vaccines simultaneously. To safeguard themselves, their families, and the community during the upcoming respiratory virus season, Manitobans are advised to:

  • Get immunized against COVID-19 and the flu.

  • Stay home when unwell, until symptoms subside and fever is gone.

  • Consider wearing masks for added protection.

  • Frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizers.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Regularly clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects.

Rapid tests and PCR testing are recommended primarily for individuals at high risk, ensuring timely treatment options like antivirals. Testing should be sought as soon as symptoms appear, as treatment must commence within days of onset. Rapid test kits are available at various locations across the province without charge. Further testing information, including test site locations, can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing.html.


Support and resources remain accessible for individuals experiencing long-term COVID-19 symptoms. Those still affected, including symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, or brain fog, more than three months after recovery, can find information at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/long-covid or consult their healthcare provider. Notably, PCR or rapid test results are not prerequisites for diagnosing long COVID or receiving follow-up care.


For regular updates on COVID-19 and seasonal flu, a weekly epidemiology report is published every Friday at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/surveillance/influenza/index.html. Stay informed and prioritize your health and the health of your community.

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