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Manitoba will spend up to $1 million on encouraging more COVID-19 vaccinations

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is preparing to spend up to $1 million to encourage more people to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The province is offering grants of up to $20,000 each to community, religious, sports and arts organizations in areas where uptake has been low.

Those groups can spend the money on anything from new outreach programs to prizes such as meals or tickets to a sporting event.

Premier Brian Pallister says the aim is to boost the number of Manitobans getting a vaccine and to protect all areas of the province.

Data from the province shows there are areas of low vaccine uptake, including the core areas of Winnipeg and some rural areas south of the capital.

Groups must apply for the grants and lay out plans to use the money before the end of September. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 3, 2021

The Canadian Press