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More Manitoba neighbourhoods eligible for vaccine priority; some areas seem hesitant

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination program into more neighbourhoods deemed to be at high risk of transmission.

Anyone 18 or older who lives in downtown Brandon, as well as the Point Douglas North and Downtown West areas of Winnipeg, can now book an appointment. 

Adults who don’t live in those areas but who have certain jobs that involve the public — such as teachers and grocery store employees — can book as well.

The province is also opening up two more vaccination super-sites — on May 10 in Dauphin and May 18 in Steinbach.

Health officials are planning to reach out to community leaders in some parts of the southern health region where vaccination uptake has been low.

Dr. Joss Reimer, head of the provincial vaccination effort, says people around Winkler and Steinbach are showing some hesitancy, as they have with flu shots and childhood vaccinations.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 28, 2021

The Canadian Press