Anyone who hasn’t received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine can get a shot without first making an appointment at a Winnipeg clinic next week.
The province says walk-in appointments will be accepted at the Leila super site Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The clinic at 770 Leila Ave. will be accepting walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
The province also announced Friday eligibility for second-dose appointments has been expanded to include anyone who received their first shot on or before May 6.
Earlier this week the province announced a pair of lotteries offering $100,000 prizes and $25,000 scholarships in an effort to persuade more people to get a shot.
Anyone who has had or will receive a shot will be automatically entered into two lottery draws this summer. Each draw will have seven cash winners — three in Winnipeg and one in each of the four other health regions — and 10 scholarship recipients. The scholarships will be reserved for youth between 12 and 17 years old.
On Tuesday, the province also unveiled a new proof-of-immunization card, available to all Manitobans two weeks after they receive their second dose of vaccine.
The cards will allow carriers to travel within Canada without being subject to the province’s mandatory 14-day self-isolation period upon their return, grant them greater visitation rights at hospitals and personal care homes, and exempt them from having to self-isolate if they are a close contact of a COVID-19 case.
Health officials have said those making second-dose appointments need to know which vaccine they first received, and the date the dose was given.
Vaccination appointments can be made by calling 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC) or visiting the province’s website.
As of Friday, a total of 1,003,678 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba, health officials say.
— with files from The Canadian Press
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