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Vaccine access expanded

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On April 26, the province expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults who live in the Northern Regional Health Authority. They are now eligible to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Anyone who regularly works in the region, in any role, is also eligible.
At press time, the confirmed clinic dates for The Pas are May 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, at Roy H. Johnston Arena from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The vaccine that is available is Pfizer. 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.
Pharmacies across Manitoba are being shipped, Astra Zeneca vaccines. Locally those are the Medicine Shoppe (on Fischer Avenue), Super Thrifty in Otineka Mall, Shopper’s Drug Mart in the Uptown Mall. Everyone over the age of 18 in the north now qualifies and is eligible to get a vaccine.
The Northern Health Region will be offering COVID immunization clinics during the month of May 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
We must 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.
In order for 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 15-minute stay at the site.
***Editor’s note - I received my vaccine on April 28. The process was incredibly simple. I walked in and was greeted by a vaccine clinic worker who asked me if I had any symptoms. Then I proceeded to two other vaccine clinic employess helped me with my consent form and guided me to the next available health care worker, and received my vaccine and then I waited 15 minutes to ensure all was well. Easy peasy! Some vaccine recipients reported some soreness in their arm, but I had none. ***Opasquia Times has copies of the consent form if anyone doesn’t have access to the internet or a printer but they are available at the clinic.