The Manitoba government has partnered with five Indigenous-led community organizations to offer COVID-19 vaccines at locations that serve Indigenous people living in urban settings.
The provincial government said beginning the week of April 26, COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at the Brandon Friendship Centre (205 College Ave., Brandon, Man.), the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre (181 Higgins Ave. in Winnipeg) and Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – Win Gardner Place (363 McGregor St. in Winnipeg).
Additional clinics will open at Prairie Fusion Arts and Entertainment Centre, led by the Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation (11 Second St. NE, Portage la Prairie) and at the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre in Thompson (4 Nelson Rd.) the week of May 4.
"These new immunization sites are an important option for people who would otherwise face barriers in accessing immunization, recognizing that Indigenous people have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19," Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson said.
Eligible people can make appointments through the provincial call centre, with support from the community partners when needed. The province said 20 per cent of vaccinations administered at these sites will be on a walk-in basis. According to the province, work to establish clinics was led by an urban Indigenous vaccine committee.