Another four Manitobans have died with COVID-19. Today's death toll includes:
- a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Tuesday);
- a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Wednesday);
- a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Wednesday); and
- a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Prairie View Lodge (reported Wednesday).
Public health officials have confirmed 1,478 new cases of the virus in Manitoba. That means there have been 105,406 total cases since the pandemic started. Of the 1,478 new cases:
- 111 are in the Interlake-Eastern health region
- 124 are in the Southern Health region
- 159 are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
- 268 are in the Northern health region
- 816 are in the Winnipeg health region
Manitoba's test positivity rate is 47.2 per cent. As of Wednesday, there are 454 Manitobans in hospital with COVID-19, including 419 active cases. There are 46 Manitobans in ICU, including 45 active patients.
Outbreaks have been declared at:
- Pembina Place Personal Care Home, Winnipeg;
- St. Norbert Personal Care Home, Winnipeg;
- Concordia Hospital, unit N3W, Winnipeg;
- Betel Home personal care home, Selkirk;
- Grace Hospital, 4 North and 2 South, Winnipeg;
- Bethania Personal Care Home, Winnipeg;
- Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg;
- Rideau Park Personal Care Home, Brandon; and
- Health Sciences Centre, unit GH4, Winnipeg.
Outbreaks have been declared over at:
- Lions Prairie Manor personal care home, Portage la Prairie.
The Manitoba government is also providing an update on ongoing enforcement efforts to protect Manitobans from the spread of COVID-19. A total of 31 warnings and 33 tickets were issued for the week of January 3 to 9 including:
- one $1,296 ticket to an individual;
- 30 $298 tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in an indoor public place;
- one $8,550 tickets to an individual for the Federal Quarantine Act; and
- one information laid (seven public health charges) to a business in Winnipeg for repeated offences where the courts will determine the fine amount (maximum penalty $1 million).
Tickets issued by health region include:
- zero tickets in Interlake-Eastern (zero per cent);
- zero tickets in Northern (zero per cent);
- zero tickets in Prairie Mountain Health (zero per cent);
- 25 tickets in Southern Health-Santé Sud (76 per cent), including one business from Steinbach; and
- eight tickets in Winnipeg (24 per cent).
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recently examined the interval between first and second doses for children ages five to 11 to determine if a shorter interval would provide more protection against the virus, particularly with rising Omicron cases.
NACI determined that eight weeks was still the recommended interval. Manitoba’s Pediatric Vaccine Advisory Committee also re-assessed this recommendation and re-affirmed its guidance of eight weeks between first and second doses. Public health has also maintained this recommendation.
Provincial clinics, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, community clinics and public health will continue to reiterate this recommendation. However, in some circumstances, it may be possible to shorten the duration between first and second doses for this age group to a minimum of 21 days.
Parents are encouraged to discuss their concerns with a health professional before arriving for their appointment. Clinic staff will discuss individual circumstances to determine next steps for those who request an early second dose.
As of today, a total of 63,247 first doses have been given to children ages five to 11, or 50.6 per cent of that age group.
There is currently a limited supply of the Pfizer vaccine. All adults ages 30 years or older will be offered the Moderna vaccine for their first, second or third dose. This will help ensure enough Pfizer remains available for people ages 12 to 29. People under 30 receiving an mRNA vaccine may face an increased risk of myocarditis and pericarditis as a rare side effect. While this is rare after Moderna, it is even more rare after Pfizer. These side effects are rare, temporary, mild and treatable. This means that if only Moderna is available to a young person, it is still safer for them to get the Moderna vaccine than to take the risk of a COVID infection. When both vaccines are available, Manitoba wants to ensure young people are offered the option that has the lowest risk of myocarditis. People over the age of 30 did not experience the same increased risk of these side effects, regardless of which vaccine they received.
When attending a vaccine appointment, people are reminded to bring their completed consent form (available online at https://protectmb.ca), wear a short-sleeved shirt, wear a well-fitting mask and bring their health card or other form of identification. To help support good physical distancing on site, people should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.
Manitobans are encouraged to get their second and third doses as quickly as possible. While COVID-19 vaccine appointments continue to be available at regional or provincial vaccine clinics, for many people the fastest way to be immunized is at a nearby medical clinic, pharmacy or urban Indigenous clinic. Check the online vaccine finder or a medical clinic or pharmacy near you that provides the COVID-19 vaccine to find the next available opportunity to be immunized. The timeline between second and third doses and eligibility criteria information can be found at: