Manitoba today announced that some may be eligible for a temporary or permanent medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
The province says based on the guidance of the vaccine implementation task force’s medical advisory committee, people in the following situation are eligible:
- Those who had a severe reaction after the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. myocarditis, Guillain-Barré syndrome);
- Those who are receiving treatment that affects their ability to mount an immune response, meaning vaccination must be timed carefully with their treatment schedule (e.g. receiving immunocompromising treatment after a transplant, certain types of cancer treatments); or
- Those who had a severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or its components that cannot be managed by the Health Sciences Centre Allergy Clinic.
The province says the decision must be reviewed by a specialist physician and then submitted to the Vaccine Implementation Task Force.
The medical lead of the Vaccine Implementation Task Force, Dr. Joss Reimer says the process to submit medical exemptions will be finalized as soon as possible, along with updated clinical guidance for healthcare professionals.
The province is also developing a way to ensure individuals with a valid medical exemption are able to access the same benefits as those with an immunization card.
Province says this is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
Manitoba also announced today 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.