Health care workers in Flin Flon and The Pas will get their chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine in two weeks.
The province announced Jan. 25 that, in addition to a vaccination “super-site” in Thompson, additional clinics for eligible health care workers will be offered for health care workers in Flin Flon and The Pas starting Feb. 8. Workers will be given first doses of the Moderna vaccine in both communities.
Residents of the Flin Flon Personal Care Home and Northern Lights Manot received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine last week.
"Additional information will be provided to those workers as soon as possible," reads a Jan. 25 vaccine update.
As of Jan. 25, about 29,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given in Manitoba. Of those doses, just over 1,600 have been administered within the Northern Health Region (NHR).
It does not appear that shortages of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will affect the first shots in these northern communities. Second-dose appointments for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at super-sites in Winnipeg and Brandon are being postponed due to a shipping disruption of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
The Thompson super-site is slated to open Feb. 1. Immunizations for eligible Manitobans - mostly health care workers, particularly those actively working with patients and those who may possibly come into contact with COVID-19 - will be conducted at the site. Appointments can now be booked for the Thompson supersite, which will be opened at the Thompson Regional Community Centre.