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Manitoba premier to give coronavirus vaccination update

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is expected to give an update on the province’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts Wednesday.

The premier has scheduled a press conference for 11:30 a.m. Global News will stream the event live in this story.

Read more: RBC Convention Centre preparing for COVID-19 vaccinations

As of Tuesday morning the government says 4,292 Manitobans have been vaccinated since doses of the Pfizer vaccine started arriving in the province in December.

The province opened its first vaccination super site at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg Monday, and says 850 people were immunized at the site that day.

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Filling vaccination spots

Thousands of appointments have been booked for Jan. 4 through 10, with second-dose appointments scheduled for the week of Jan. 25, the province says. Roughly 800 appointments remain open for later this week, the province added.

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The first shots are reserved for health-care workers whose work involves direct contact with patients and who meet at least one of the following criteria:

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  • work in critical care units
  • work in long-term care facilities, born on or before Dec. 31, 1975
  • work in acute care facilities, born on or before Dec. 31, 1975
  • assigned to a COVID-19 immunization clinic or testing site
  • work in a laboratory handling COVID-19 specimens
  • work on a designated COVID-19 hospital ward
  • work in provincial or federal correctional facilities

According to data provided by the province the super site had roughly 10,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine stored as of Tuesday morning.

The province’s first shipment of 7,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived last week, with the majority of those doses planned to go to Manitoba First Nations.

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Coronavirus: Manitoba officials discuss COVID-19 vaccine distribution, prioritization – Dec 23, 2020

Provincial health officials said Tuesday First Nations leaders are still planning how to roll out those doses.

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On Tuesday health officials said seven more Manitobans with COVID-19 have died bringing the province’s death toll from the virus to 695.

Read more: Manitoba reports 7 more coronavirus deaths, 130 new cases Tuesday

They also announced 130 new infections, bringing Manitoba’s total number of lab-confirmed cases of the virus identified since March to 25,374.

Health officials will give a live update on Manitoba’s latest COVID-19 numbers at 12:30 p.m. Global News will stream that press conference in this story as well.

–More to come.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

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