Third dose now recommended for First Nations people as breakthrough cases rise –

19 October 2021

Manitoba’s top doctor is now recommending more Manitobans get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced Monday that it is now recommended that First Nations people living on reserve get the third dose. This includes an estimated 7,200 people. The third dose should be given at least six months after the last vaccine. The Integrated Vaccine Operations Centre, which is co-led by First Nations and the federal government, is being reactivated to oversee the third dose rollout and coordinate other supports that communities may need.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, is Public Health Lead with the First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Team. She says about 82.6 per cent of residents on First Nations reserves are fully vaccinated, whereas about 64.5 per cent of First Nations people not living on reserves are fully vaccinated.

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