The provincial government has put a pause on making new COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Winnipeg and Brandon due to reduced supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
According to the province, expected shipments of the vaccine from the manufacturer have been further reduced.
"In the week of Feb. 1, Manitoba will receive two trays of vaccine (2,340 doses) instead of five (5,850 doses)," the province said in a release. "Projections for the week of Feb. 8 are no longer being provided."
Overall, the reduction between Jan. 25 and Feb. 7 represents a 90 per cent decrease in deliveries forecasted last week, the province said, or about 32,760 doses.
The Thompson clinic is still scheduled to open at the Thompson Regional Community Centre on Feb. 1 and will use Moderna product. Appointments will begin booking for Thompson on Jan. 25.
So far 23,884 doses of vaccine have been given in Manitoba including 20,846 first doses and a total of 3,038 second doses. In total, 40,950 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 14,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine have arrived in the province.
By the end of the week, residents of 61 personal care homes will have received their first dose of the vaccine.