Manitoba Plans to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine to Anyone 12 and Up by May 21


Johanu Botha, co-lead of Manitoba’s vaccine working group, speaks about COVID-19 vaccination initiatives and answers media questions during a livestreamed news conference at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg on Wednesday, March 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Manitoba plans to offer COVID-19 vaccines to people as young as 12.

The move follows approval by Health Canada today for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be used on anyone 12 and up.

Johanu Botha, a co-lead of the province’s vaccine group, says Manitoba is aiming to have everyone eligible to book an appointment by May 21.

He says appointments will be extended into early June.


Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the vaccine effort, says no decision has been made yet on whether teenagers will be prioritized over older people.

Once the first round of doses is done, the province aims to start administering second doses and have that done near the end of July.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021

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