Eligibility announced in Manitoba for new Omicron COVID-19 booster

Following the approval of the Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster by Health Canada, Manitoba has announced the first group of residents who will be eligible to receive the shot.

Dr. Jazz Atwal, the deputy chief provincial public health officer, said based on the number of doses expected in the first shipment, eligibility will be open to the following residents:

  • Adults 65 and older;
  • Indigenous people 18 and older, no matter where they live;
  • Adults of any age with higher-risk medical conditions;
  • Health-care workers 18 and older; and
  • Residents of personal care homes and other congregate living facilities.

Atwal said Manitobans must wait six months from their last COVID-19 vaccine dose or COVID infection.

Appointments are expected to be available in mid-September, and the first shipment – 27,650 doses – is expected next week.

A second shipment of 77,600 doses is expected during the week of Sept. 12.

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