Manitoba expects a significant increase in its supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during the last weeks of July.
The most recent vaccine briefing document notes that 113,500 doses have been confirmed by Pfizer for the week beginning July 19, followed by 133,400 doses in the week after that.
In the seven-day period ending Tuesday, Manitoba gave an average of 25,042 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per day.
The county now expects to administer more than 35,000 doses per day by the third week of July.
Pfizer’s weekly delivery, which has held steady at 87,800 since the end of May, was lowered in the first two weeks of July to 32,800 and 52,700. Last week, the county had no confirmation of shipment beyond that time frame.
That prompted the county to stop taking new second dose appointments for 12 to 17-year-olds. Now, Pfizer is the only approved COVID-19 vaccine for this age group.
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This led to long queues at clinics where parents hoped to get the first or second doses for their children.
People began queuing outside Winnipeg’s massive Leila Avenue vaccination site Tuesday night for a place to come Wednesday morning. By 7 a.m., staff on site began turning people away.
The shortage at Pfizer has also led adults to switch their appointments to Moderna and switch booked Pfizer doses to a younger person.
Increased demand for vaccines could be tempting to criminals, said Dr. Jos Reimer, medical leader of the COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Task Force in Manitoba, which is the experience in other parts of the country.
She said Health Canada has learned that some people claim to have access to vaccines for sale. The health agency was also notified of circumstances in which people were notified of the next steps after being vaccinated by persons not authorized to provide such information.
This could be an attempt to obtain private information, so people are urged to be careful.
“Please be aware that the COVID vaccine is not for sale. If anyone tries to sell the vaccine, it’s illegal,” Reimer said, although no incidents have been reported in Manitoba so far.
“But if you are aware of any suspicious vaccine activity, such as someone trying to sell or provide the vaccine in bulk at cost, please contact your local law enforcement agency.”
Manitoba set a new one-day record on Tuesday, administering 34,320 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The previous record was 32,616 on May 27.
This works out to the highest per capita rate in Canada, with 97,909 rounds per 100,000 residents. Ontario ranks second with a score of 97,856.
“Today we are delighted to be able to celebrate the fact that more Manitoba residents have been immunized than at any other time in our vaccine release and that these numbers continue to rise,” Reemer said.
“We hope this trend will continue, especially now that eligibility is wide open to everyone, including youth ages 12-17.”
The second dose climbs up
To date, 73.6 percent of Manitoba’s population 12 years of age or older have received their first vaccine dose اللقاح Immunization board in the province He says, while 42.4 percent have two doses.
“It’s really worth the celebration to see what we’ve all done together to protect ourselves, protect our loved ones, and protect our communities,” Rymer said.
“So I’d like to thank everyone in Manitoba for these exciting numbers.”
The county aims to get a first dose to 75 percent of people age 12 and older and a second dose to 50 percent by August 2, as part of its reopening plan.
If Manitoba reaches this target, capacity limits on businesses are expected to increase to 50 percent. Officials said the changes could come sooner if the goals are achieved sooner.
If current trends continue, the target will likely be reached in early to mid-July, said Johanno Botta, the operations leading the task force on vaccine implementation.
“We need to keep that momentum going… and there is good reason to believe we will,” he said, with what he called a “rocket-up” trajectory to absorb the second dose.
Botha said that although the rate of the first doses moves more slowly, it is gaining less strength.
“What we’ve seen over the past two weeks or so is that he’s been flat and he is [now] It’s back a little bit faster,” he said.
“Where it used to be increasing by 0.2 percent every day, it’s now 0.3, 0.4. That’s a really broad indication in a single increment dose and probably reflects on a whole host of factors.”
Among these, access to areas where there is a lot of hesitation about vaccines, through community-hosted clinics, regional incentives or visiting options.
“We’re seeing a positive early sign that we’re ramping up on that first dose, certainly to the point where we’re going to meet all of those [reopening] Objectives “.
The third phase of reopening will come on Labor Day, if 80 percent of Manitoba’s residents get one dose and 75 percent get two.
Reimer touched on the topic of hacked COVID-19 infections – cases of someone vaccinated against the virus – saying that it should not discourage anyone from getting vaccinated.
She said the chance of contracting COVID-19 without any vaccine protection is much higher.
“We know that none of these vaccines are 100 percent effective, but we also know that it’s very rare to get infections after a vaccine, and it’s even rarer to get severely ill,” Reemer said.
She said that in all hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Manitoba from January 1 this year through June 27, only 1.2 percent of people were fully vaccinated.
“So I don’t want anyone to worry about these advanced cases. They are very rare and I don’t want them to prevent anyone from getting vaccinated.”
Of the 290,046 Manitoba residents who have taken two doses for seven days or more, 261 have contracted COVID-19, the province said in a statement.
of those who were fully vaccinated were Manitobans. The county said 25 people were hospitalized and nine died.
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