Restrictions return – Vaccinations expand
As of April 29, residents or workers in these Winnipeg neighbourhoods can now make appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine at supersites and pop-up clinics and at urban Indigenous vaccine clinics
Manitoba returned to tighter public health order restrictions on April 28 as the province enters the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
No visitors are allowed at private households either indoors or outdoors with certain exceptions. No indoor gatherings are permitted and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed in public outdoor spaces only.
“We are at a critical point in the third wave – it is a race between the variants and vaccines, and right now the variants are winning. We need a few weeks in order to allow our accelerated vaccine efforts to catch up and change the course of that race. Today, we are asking Manitobans to stay close to home, significantly limit your close contacts and get your vaccine as soon as you are eligible,” said Premier Pallister in a statement on April 26.
See the table below for all the changes to public health orders that went into effect on April 28.
The new orders are in effect until Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Meanwhile, the province also expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include all adults aged 18 and older who live in the communities of Brandon East End, Brandon Downtown, Winnipeg’s Inkster West, Fort Garry South, Point Douglas North, Downtown West, Downtown East, Inkster East, Point Douglas South, Seven Oaks West, and, outside Winnipeg – Powerview-Pine Falls.
Adults employed at specified workplaces in these areas are also eligible for vaccination. These occupations and locations include: K-12 schools, care providers, food processing facilities, grocery or convenience stores, gas stations, public health inspectors or workplace safety and health officers, or any place that serves food (e.g. restaurants or food banks).
All adults who live or work (in any role) in the Northern Regional Health Authority, as well as Churchill, are also eligible for vaccination.
Super site vaccinations
As of April 28, 2021, vaccinations at the province’s super site are available for Manitobans 50 years of age and older or 30 years of age and older for First Nation people, and front-line police officers and firefighters 18 years of age and older.
Manitobans aged 40 and over are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine at a medical clinic or pharmacy.
“The best vaccine is the first one available, and we encourage all Manitobans to get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “While we continue to ramp up our vaccine efforts as more vaccines become available, it is crucial that Manitobans continue to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones by continuing to follow the public health orders and practising the fundamentals.”
Public Health Orders as of April 28, 2021