First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people can book their second COVID-19 vaccine appointment as soon as Monday.
Dr. Marcia Anderson's First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Team is well into its second dose campaign in First Nations communities. As of Monday, all Indigenous people, living on and off reserves, can book their second vaccination appointment.
“This approach to second-dose eligibility will benefit all Manitobans,” Dr. Joss Reimer says in a statement.
Those who received Moderna must wait at least 28 days between doses, and those who received Pfizer 21 days. Those booking can call 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC) or go online.
Anderson says First Nations people make up 40 to 60 per cent of all COVID-19 admissions to intensive care units.
"Of these First Nations people, currently, two-thirds of them live outside of First Nations communities and mostly in urban environments. That is why it is so important to get our communities – both on and off-reserve – fully vaccinated as soon as possible,” Anderson says in a statement Friday.
Starting at 11:45 a.m., those who received their first dose can start booking second doses. As of May 13, 59.3 per cent of First Nations people living on reserve have received their first COVID-19 vaccine, and 17.1 per cent their second dose.
“Getting fully vaccinated will not only provide a greater level of protection to the individual but to their family members and loved ones too.”
Off reserve, First Nations people have also begun receiving their second doses. 32 per cent of off-reserve First Nations people received their first dose, and 7.5 per cent their second.
Almost all of these doses were administered by First Nation and Inuit Health.
Manitoba Metis Federation's pharmacy is also offering COVID-19 vaccines to Metis people.