Pfizer vaccine deliveries to ramp up in Manitoba next month

The Manitoba government is expecting to see an increase in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine deliveries by the week of July 19.

According to data from Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force, during the week of July 5, Manitoba is expecting to receive 32,800 doses of Pfizer. It is expecting 52,700 the following week.

However, during the week of July 19, the Pfizer deliveries ramp up as the province is expecting a delivery of 113,500 Pfizer doses, and then a 133,400-dose delivery the week of July 26.

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for use for those aged 12 to 17 in Canada.

Johanu Botha, the co-lead of Manitoba's Vaccine Implementation Task Force, said as more vaccine comes in, there will be an increased push to immunize more people.

"Regarding vaccine allocations, the information that we receive from the federal government still does evolve from day to day. We are working with our federal counterparts to ensure that we have enough vaccine to meet all booked appointments," said Botha.

APPROACHING A VACCINE MILESTONE

Botha also noted that Manitoba is getting close to administering more than 1.4 million doses of the vaccine.

"On Monday, we had our biggest day ever, approximately 35,000 doses (were) administered across the province," said Botha. "By the end of today, more than 1.4 million doses of vaccine will have been given, it will have taken us only four days to give that last 100,000 doses."

He said this shows how fast the province can work when there is enough supply and when Manitobans roll up their sleeves.

Currently, 1,388,305 doses have been administered. The province said 73.6 per cent of eligible Manitobans have received their first dose and 42.4 per cent have received their second dose.

The Winnipeg area has the highest vaccine uptake with 76.2 per cent of the eligible population receiving at least one dose, while the Southern Health Region lags behind all other regions with 55 per cent.