Travel, Immunocompromised: Manitoba Offering a Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Manitoba has announced that the province will be offering a third dose of mRNA vaccine to immunocompromised people and for individuals who may choose to receive a third dose for travel purposes.

The province says a third dose will be given after a minimum of 28 days after the person’s most recent dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.

Effective Sept. 15th, a third dose will be available to:

  • People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition and/or treatment. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised include those who:
    • who are receiving active chemotherapy (or immunotherapy) for cancer;
    • have received a solid organ transplant and are currently receiving chemotherapy or other immunosuppressive therapy;
    • were born with moderate or severe dysfunction of their immune system;
    • are living with untreated or advanced HIV-AIDS; or
    • are taking certain medications that severely affect the immune system.
  • Individuals who wish to receive a third dose for travel purposes; and
  • Individuals who have received one or two doses of a vaccine that is not approved by Health Canada.

As per the news release, people who are immunocompromised can be immunized by their health-care provider.

Individuals who would like to receive a third dose for travel purposes must be vaccinated by their health-care provider and go through an informed consent process, or present a prescription to a pharmacist.

People who have previously received a vaccine not approved by Health Canada can be immunized at super sites, pop-ups or mobile clinics, or by a health-care provider. Individuals who receive a dose of an mRNA vaccine following one or two doses of a vaccine not approved by Health Canada will be considered fully immunized and can have their immunization record updated by following the process outlined here.

COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory in Manitoba to access certain facilities and activities. Based on the guidance of the vaccine implementation task force’s medical advisory committee, the province also announce the criteria for eligibility for a temporary or permanent medical exemption to vaccination.

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