Second Dose Appointments Now Available for Manitoba Children


Appointments can now be booked for Manitoba children seeking their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“You don’t have to wait,” Dr. Joss Reimer, medical leader of the Manitoba Vaccine Task Force, said Wednesday. “You can book now to make sure your child gets their second dose at eight weeks instead of later.”

Eight weeks is the recommended minimum time between the first and second doses, although that number drops to three weeks for people living in First Nations.

“With the rapid transmission rate expected with omicron, Manitoba students must be fully vaccinated as soon as they are eligible to protect them, to protect their classmates, their teachers and the entire community when they return to school in January, Reimer said.

The province reports that 55,426 first doses have been administered to children between the ages of five and 11, representing 44.3 percent of Manitoba residents in that age group. Of those, 6,031 doses of vaccines were administered in clinics in 114 schools in Manitoba during the first two weeks of December.

Dr. Reimer noted that school clinics will close for the holidays with plans to reopen in January.

Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine can be booked at super sites, clinics and pharmacies throughout the province.

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