Manitoba expands 3rd-dose eligibility to all First Nations care home residents, staff – CBC

Eligibility expected to expand to all personal care home residents in October

Sep 20, 2021

Manitoba has expanded eligibility for third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all residents and staff of First Nations personal care homes.

The decision will give about 200 residents and 400 staff at 10 First Nations care home facilities access to third doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) before other personal care home residents in Manitoba, who are expected to become eligible sometime in October.

Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead on the province’s vaccine task force, and Dr. Marcia Anderson, the head of Manitoba First Nations pandemic response team, made the announcement at a news conference Monday.

Last month, an outbreak was declared at the George M. Guimond Care Centre in Sagkeeng First Nation, which led to two deaths and spread to a total of 37 residents and staff, most of whom were fully vaccinated, Anderson said.

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