Starting next week, town halls will be happening across Manitoba, focussing on the provincial COVID-19 immunization campaign.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson,  Dr. Joss Reimer, and Johanu Botha will be part of a two-night town hall campaign. 

A town hall for Winnipeggers will occur Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone else is being asked to join two days earlier on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. 

Participants are asked to sign up online.

Despite delays in shipping and supersite hiccups, the province is opening the criteria to be vaccinated further by lowering age limits.

Manitobans aged 62 years old or older, along with First Nation people aged 42 or older, are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes people who have lived in Manitoba for one month or longer.

"To date, 222,130 doses of vaccine have been administered including 158,128 first doses and 64,002 second doses," the province says in a statement.

Limited pop-up access will be available due to Moderna delays.

Congregate living facility residents at over one hundred homes will be getting vaccinations starting this week. 

In total, 409,470 doses of vaccines have landed on Manitoban soil including:

• 246,870 doses of Pfizer vaccine; 
• 90,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and
• 72,600 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine.   

Just over half of those, 222,130 doses, have been recorded as administered.