COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19
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Booster

Third doses of the mRNA vaccine are now available. Learn more about the waiting periods between doses.

VAX Facts with Dr. Reimer

Vaccines are like an instruction manual for our body’s immune system–it shows what new disease to be on the lookout for, in this case, COVID-19.  

Dr. reimer

There has been a lot of misinformation spread about the COVID vaccine, and it’s important people get the facts. There are several things the COVID vaccine can’t do – it can’t give you COVID, and it can’t change your DNA. Also, the vaccine is not a type of gene therapy. What the COVID vaccine can do though is help produce antibodies, which can get our immune system ready to fight the virus. And this means the vaccine can save you from a trip to the hospital, from a lengthy and painful respirator experience, and it can save lives. Remember to get your information from credible sources. Visit VAX Info to learn more.

Vaccines have been around for a long time and have been very well researched. The COVID-19 has been used in Manitoba since December 2020, and we already have very good evidence to show that the vaccine is protecting Manitobans, with the majority of Manitobans who end up in hospital with COVID being unvaccinated.

You might be wondering how the COVID-19 vaccines were made so quickly? Can a vaccine that was produced quickly still be safe? The answer is yes! It was a remarkable feat, one that should be celebrated. It just goes to show what is possible when our best and brightest have the resources to tackle a problem such as COVID-19. 

Doctors and scientists around the world have made sure these vaccines are safe. The vaccines went through the same intensive tests that all vaccines must undergo. Because funds were available to run tests concurrently vital time was saved. Only vaccines that are proven to be safe are approved to be used in Canada. No matter where you live, no matter what your walk of life, the COVID-19 vaccine is a life-saving tool–and that’s something we can all get behind.If you’re considering whether or not to get immunized it’s important to think about why the vaccine is so important:

  • It protects you, from getting infected or from getting seriously ill.
  • It also protects the people around you – your parents, your friends, your grandparents, the people you work with.
  • Not everyone is healthy enough to fight off this infection – think of all the people who are counting on you to do your part to keep them safe.

Remember, if your body can fight off the COVID infection, you will reduce the chance of spreading the infection to others.
Hear from more people in Manitoba and their stories about why they’re being immunized. 

Book Appointment

Booking your appointment is easy! Book online or by phone. For interpreter services, call by phone and access service in over 100 languages.

Vaccine Finder

Find an immunization site with this easy-to-use interactive map. Make sure to click what type of vaccine you’re looking for. When you find the location that’s right for you, click on the icon on the map for more information, including how to book your appointment.

Super-Sites: Larger immunization sites. You can request interpreter services, or ASL services, at super-sites. Take a tour of the RBC Convention Centre super-site.

Urban Indigenous Clinics: Offered in partnership, these clinics provide cultural support to people who might otherwise face barriers accessing immunization. When possible, child minding will be offered to support parents. An Elder or traditional Knowledge Keeper will be at the sites regularly. Traditional ceremony, smudging, and traditional medicines may also be offered.

Pop-Up Clinics: Only open on certain days, make sure to check the map for details on how to book an appointment. 

Medical Clinics and Pharmacies: More information about which vaccines are available and how to make your appointment are listed for each location.

2 Million Doses And Counting

Manitoba is two million doses strong! Together, we’ve reached a major milestone in the largest vaccination campaign in Manitoba’s history. Thank you to everyone for doing your part to protect Manitoba. If you still need to get your COVID-19 vaccine, find a clinic near you.

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Multilingual resources

Multilingual Resources

Access vaccine information in a variety of Indigenous languages, as well as Amharic, Hindi, Spanish, Tagalog, and many more.

Our Stories

Dr. Jared Bullard, Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital and son

Dr Jared Bullard, Children’s Hospital Pediatrician & Dad

Now that Health Canada has approved the COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, my own child Donovan, who just turned 11, finally received his first dose! Donovan, like a lot of kids I see, is scared of needles. Unlike other routine vaccines, Donovan has seen his sister, his aunts and uncles, grandparents and parents get vaccinated. So, in this case, he sees the vaccine as an opportunity to take his turn and do his part.

What to Expect

I assured Donovan that with the COVID-19 vaccine, he would probably feel a pinch or a squeeze with the needle but that overall this vaccine is not too bad compared with other vaccines. Some kids actually ask “You’re done?” or “You did it already?” because they really didn’t feel the pinch of the needle. Parents who got the COVID vaccine themselves will know from experience that the needle itself isn’t very painful. While this can be reassuring, it likely won’t entirely diminish a child’s anxiety.

Prepare Ahead of Time

Parents know their child best, but in general I suggest you give your child a day or two notice ahead of the vaccine appointment. Talk with them about what the vaccine is for and let them ask you questions. Also, prepare ahead of time and be ready to distract your child while the vaccine is being administered, often pediatricians will ask your child questions to take their attention elsewhere, but parents know best what works for their kid. If a video game on your phone is effective, do what works! If you plan to make the day special with a special treat or activity, talk about that during the appointment to take their attention away from whatever is worrying them.

Ask For Help

If a child is especially anxious about needle pain, your pediatrician or family doctor can prescribe a numbing cream which is applied to the upper arm at the injection site half an hour or so before the appointment. This can be psychologically reassuring for children, knowing there is a plan to reduce discomfort.

Side Effects

The vaccine is safe. Based on studies done, we’re seeing that the side effects like fever and headaches are less likely for children, while redness at the injection site is more likely. You’ll still want to plan low key activities following your appointment.

For the Hesitant Parent

We know that many parents are eager to get their children protected from COVID, while others have a wait and see approach. All parents want what is best for their children, and if you have questions, make sure to talk to your pediatrician or doctor who can help you assess the risk. If your child has other medical conditions that lower their immunity, if they have neurological differences, or are obese, the chances are greater that catching COVID would result in more severe disease symptoms.

Canada has the benefit of seeing real world examples of the vaccine’s effectiveness in children. Over a million children ages 5 to 11 in the United States have already been vaccinated. In Canada, we’ve had over 2 million children aged 12 to 17 who have been immunized to COVID as well. There are some important, although rare, safety concerns for 12-17 year olds, such as myocarditis. So far, the evidence is showing that those symptoms are mild and resolve fully. I would encourage those who want to wait, that they create a criteria for themselves, whether it’s a time frame, or by number of children who have been vaccinated, and commit to revisiting their concerns with their doctor.

I would encourage those who want to wait, to create a criteria for themselves, whether it’s a time frame, or by number of children who have been vaccinated, and commit to revisiting their concerns with their doctor.

Plan Your Appointment

We’re so fortunate now to be able to get the COVID vaccine in a variety of places including doctors offices, pharmacies, clinics and schools. In talking with Donovan, I asked him what he’s most looking forward to once he is fully vaccinated. He says he wants to be able to visit restaurants with his friends, and get back to playing hockey! I imagine all of our kids are waiting to get back to more normal routines. I encourage parents to book their appointment as soon as they can.

Now that Health Canada has approved the COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, my own child Donovan, who just turned 11, finally received his first dose! Donovan, like a lot of kids I see, is scared of needles. Unlike other routine vaccines, Donovan has seen his sister, his aunts and uncles, grandparents and […]

Aubrey Trenholm

Aubrey Trenholm

I was very surprised and happy that I won the $25,000 scholarship. I’m looking to pursue architecture or engineering and the scholarship is going to be very helpful.

I decided to get vaccinated because the faster everybody gets vaccinated, the faster everything is going to go back to normal. Because I am vaccinated, I can go to Jets games and to the movies. The vaccine has really benefitted me because I feel safe in a public outdoor space without wearing a mask.

I was very surprised and happy that I won the $25,000 scholarship. I’m looking to pursue architecture or engineering and the scholarship is going to be very helpful. I decided to get vaccinated because the faster everybody gets vaccinated, the faster everything is going to go back to normal. Because I am vaccinated, I can […]

Lottery Winners

Kerry Maskiew, Vax to Win Lottery Winner

Southern Health-Santé Sud Health Authority Winner of the Vax to Win Lottery

The morning they called to tell me I won the Vax to Win Lottery, I woke up my wife: “Honey, we just won the lottery!” We hugged! We were so happy. We’ve been to hundreds of socials over the years, entered draws, and we’ve never won a prize until now.

In October 2020, my mother moved into Parkview Place, a personal care home that had experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 where people died. There was no vaccine at the time. We worked hard to move her elsewhere, and we’re so grateful she didn’t contract COVID. My wife is also a stroke survivor, so she’s susceptible—it wouldn’t be good if she got COVID.

So my decision to be immunized for COVID-19 was easy, because I knew I was protecting my mom and my wife. 

For our first dose, my wife and I had AstraZeneca administered at our doctor’s office in April. At first I felt general soreness, aches and pains, and then had a slight headache, but by day four I was back to normal. My second dose was Pfizer and I didn’t have any side-effects.

Kerry Maskiew, Vax to Win Lottery Winner

I work as an architectural specification writer with Stantec in Winnipeg. We have three adult children. We celebrated my lottery win with steak and lobsters with our child who lives locally. We’ll visit our other kids, who live in other parts of Canada, and go out for celebration dinners with all of them too. We’ll use the winnings to renovate our bathroom to make it more accessible for my wife.

I think vaccination is something we all should want to do to get our lives back to some semblance of normality. It’s terrible to think that you could be a carrier and infect somebody and cause them to die. I encourage all Manitobans to get the vaccine, and know that you won’t be needlessly propagating this disease.

Southern Health-Santé Sud Health Authority Winner of the Vax to Win Lottery The morning they called to tell me I won the Vax to Win Lottery, I woke up my wife: “Honey, we just won the lottery!” We hugged! We were so happy. We’ve been to hundreds of socials over the years, entered draws, and […]

Be Informed

Protecting our community works best when we all do our part.