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COVID vaccine clinics continue

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The Northern Health Region will be offering COVID immunization clinics during the month of April in The Pas. Confirmed dates by the Provincial Vaccine Planning Task Force, will be posted their website www.northernhealthregion.ca and on the provincial website manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/clinics
There has been a lot of information about vaccines in the media and on the internet, some good information, some not good information. Northern health strongly urges everyone to not rely on social media, or youtube for information about COVID19 or the vaccine. If you have questions or concerns about getting the vaccine, please seek out the true sources, speak to your health care provider, speak to a pharmacist or go to the provincial vaccine website www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/ vaccine/about.html to get the answers to your questions. Please do not rely on social media or the internet for information about COVID-19 or the vaccine. Sharing false information about COVID spreads fear and needlessly incites panic in our public.
Pubic health continues to emphasize to continue to practice the fundamentals, wear your mask, wash your hands, watch your distance and stay home when you are sick, even if you are only mildly ill and get tested. Getting the vaccine when it is your turn helps prevent COVID19, protects your family, protects the health of Manitobans, and limits the strain on our healthcare system.
At press time, there are four confirmed clinics dates for The Pas which are April 21, 23, 24 and 28th at Roy H. Johnston Arena from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Appointments are required for this site, and can be made by calling the vaccine call centre at 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC) from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Have your health card ready.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for those in the 40-64 age range. Pharmacies across Manitoba are being shipped, Astra Zeneca vaccines. Medicine Shoppe (on Fischer Avenue) pharmacy is reporting they may get additional doses this week as is Super Thrifty in Otineka Mall. Shopper’s Drug Mart has 100 doses available, call (204) 623-5331 ext 33 to book an appointment.
The Medicine Shoppe said you can sign up online or call the pharmacy to enquire. While their shipment was exhausted from last week, they said to keep checking. Super Thrifty said to call. Please be patient and respectful, as the pharmacies only get what they get from the province, while the province continues to get more doses of the available vaccines out to the clinics and pharmacies.
So front line health care workers can help serve you better, be prepared for your visit. Practice physical distancing and arrive only 15 minutes before your appointment. Bring your health card, or another type of identification (such as a driver’s licence). Bring your COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form (found at ProtectMB.ca/Resources). Wear a mask. Wear a short sleeved shirt. If needed, you can bring a helper such as a caregiver or family member (who must also wear a mask). Be prepared for a 45-minute stay at the site.
***Opasquia Times has copies of the consent form if anyone doesn’t have access to the internet or a printer.