Those 40-years-old and older in Manitoba are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Doctors Manitoba says they are excited to see the Province of Manitoba pilot a new vaccination rollout. Previously clinics could only give the AstraZeneca vaccine, but some locations have been selected to give out mRNA vaccines.

"This is something we've advocated for from the start, because we know that doctors can help reach more Manitobans, more quickly, to get us to herd immunity sooner," Doctors Manitoba tweets.

Six clinics were given a small batch of doses Friday.

The province says  534,647 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

Winnipeg is set to see pop-up clinics next week. The Pas and Flin Flon pop-up clinics have been shifted to walk-ins and no appointments are being booked at the the Roy H. Johnson Arena and Flin Flon Community Hall clinics. Both are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. but on different days next week.

Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and Portage la Prairie urban Indigenous pop-up clinics continue to take appointments.

Second dose appointments begin on May 22.

"Individuals who are immunocompromised or have other prioritized health conditions will be able to book their appointments first.," the province says in a  statement.

They are set to release more details soon.

A total of 657,660 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba including:
• 432,900 doses of Pfizer vaccine; 
• 140,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and
• 84,260 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine


All adults aged 18 and older who live or work in specified jobs in these priority communities continue to be eligible to make an appointment: 
• Prairie Mountain Health – Brandon East End and Brandon Downtown;
• Winnipeg Regional Health Authority – Inkster West, Fort Garry South, Seven Oaks West, Downtown East, Point Douglas South, Inkster East, Point Douglas North, Downtown West, River East South, St. Vital North and Seven Oaks East; and
• Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority – Powerview-Pine Falls. 

All Indigenous Manitobans and those living or working Northern Regional Health Authority are eligible.

Eligibility also includes people aged 18 and older who:
• are pregnant;
• are a client of Community Living disABILITY Services; 
• work in any healthcare setting including outpatient settings; or
• work as a front-line police officer or firefighter.