Manitoba lays out plan to vaccinate personal care home residents against COVID-19

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government announced on Wednesday that it’s launching a 28-day campaign to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible personal care home residents across the province.

Premier Brian Pallister made the announcement, saying that by early March every eligible resident will have received both doses of the vaccine.

The 28-day campaign will begin on Jan. 11.

Over this first week, focused immunization teams will visit seven facilities and vaccinate about 1,157 people at:

1. Boyne Lodge in Carman, Man., in the Southern Health-Santé Sud region;

2. Charleswood Care Centre in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority;

3. Hillcrest Place in Brandon, Man., in the Prairie Mountain Health Authority;

4. Oakview Place in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority;

5. St. Paul’s Residence in The Pas, Man., in the Northern Health Region;

6. Tudor House in Selkirk, Man., in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority; and 7. Tuxedo Villa in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

The province noted that the prioritization of the care homes is determined through an evidence-based approach that looks at the vulnerability of the facility based on the number of residents and the percentage of shared beds.

Manitoba has created a week-by-week plan to immunize 9,834 people in personal care homes with the first dose of a vaccine within 28 days of the campaign launch, as long as the federal government continues to deliver the vaccine to Manitoba as expected. The same schedule will then be repeated to give the second doses of the vaccine. 

The province will release the full personal care home immunization schedule next week.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

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