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Vaccination super site in Garden City

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Winnipeg’s second vaccination super site will be set up at Winnipeg Soccer Federation’s North complex, next to the Garden City Shopping Centre. – Photo credit: Winnipeg Soccer Federation

Winnipeg’s second vaccination super site is expected to open as early as May 7 at 770 Leila Avenue, inside the Winnipeg Soccer Federation’s North complex, next to the Garden City Shopping Centre.

The new site will have a maximum capacity of 4,154 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day, bringing a much needed boost in the race between mass vaccinations and faster spreading COVID variants of concern.

The super site will be especially welcome in the Garden City area where many Filipinos live. At the beginning of March, the Province of Manitoba released data showing that Filipinos accounted for the greatest share of all COVID-19 cases compared to our share of the provincial population. This is thought to be due to the high number of Filipinos working in health care and other essential services that are heavily affected by COVID exposure.

The Leila super site, and another one set to open in Steinbach later in May, will raise the number of major vaccination centres to seven in the province as Manitoba enters the pandemic’s dreaded third wave.

In addition to accelerated vaccination, the province is considering mandatory masks outdoors and a renewed clampdown on indoor activities as daily COVID-19 case tallies rise into triple digits again.

Getting vaccinated

Appointments are currently available at super sites in Winnipeg (RBC Convention Centre), Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden. Appointments are not yet available for Winnipeg (Leila) or Steinbach. Eligible individuals can book their appointment at a super site online at https:// protectmb.ca with an e-mail address and their health card number. Appointments for super sites or pop-ups can also be made

bycalling(toll-free)1-844-626- 8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

As of April 14, the eligibility to be immunized at a super site or pop-up clinic has been expanded to include individuals aged 59 or older and First Nation people aged 39 or older. Anyone who has been in Manitoba for one month or more can receive the vaccine at no cost if they meet provincial eligibility requirements.

To date (April 14), 21.5 per cent of adult Manitobans have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

– with contributions from Malaya Marcelino

770 LEILA INTERIOR

The vast interior of the soccer complex will have a maximum capacity of 4,154 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day. – Photo credit: Winnipeg Soccer Federation