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Manitoba expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 30 and up

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Manitobans aged 30 and up can now get their COVID-19 vaccination.

The province lowered eligibility for appointments at super sites and pop-up clinics on Monday. Now everyone 30 years of age and older and all Indigenous people 18 and over qualify.

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Vaccination appointments can be made by calling 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC) or through the province’s website.

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Everyone over the age of 18 living in 14 communities designated as COVID-19 hot spots, or areas with high risk of transmission, is also able to book appointments for a dose.

Adults who don’t live in those areas but work there in certain jobs that deal with the public are also eligible. They include school workers, grocery store employees, convenience store clerks and restaurant staff.

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More information on the hot spots, including a map highlighting the eligible neighbourhoods, is available on the province’s website.

The province also announced appointments can be made at the new Gimli super site starting Monday. The Gimli location is set to open May 29.

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Appointments are also currently available at super sites in Dauphin, Steinbach, Winnipeg (RBC Convention Centre and Leila locations), Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden.

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A pop-up clinic is open in Winnipeg this week and will be moving to communities through the province the week of May 17.

A walk-in clinic will be held in The Pas at Roy H. Johnson Arena (523 Smith St.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 11, 12, 18 and 19. A walk-in clinic will be held in Flin Flon at the Flin Flon Community Hall (2 North Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 13, 14, 20 and 21.

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As of Sunday the province says 565,219 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

The province has so far received 693,960 doses of vaccine including 432,900 doses of Pfizer vaccine, 176,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine, and 84,260 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Health officials expect the province will  receive another 73,710 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week.

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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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