Protecting our community with immunity


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This article was published 17/06/2021 (713 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

As Manitoba’s first-dose vaccination rate continues to grow, additional efforts are being taken to address vaccine hesitancy and access to ensure that Manitoba is able to reach its provincial vaccination goals.

As a government we are we are doing everything we can to ensure that Manitobans have the information and support they need in order to make the right decisions to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.

To improve uptake, this latest phase of vaccinations will be bolstered by ProtectMB community outreach and incentive grants, which includes funding for local organizations, groups, and businesses in the province that work with vaccine-hesitant communities.

As well, an expanded ProtectMB advertising campaign will be implemented to encourage Manitobans to receive their vaccinations so they can enjoy the activities they have missed and allow everyone to enjoy such freedoms once again. There will also be expanded vaccine access through clinics, pop-up vaccination sites, and pharmacies, to make it easier than ever to choose vaccination, so that the province can reopening safely.

The ProtectMB campaign advisory committee will guide these initiatives, help shape Manitoba’s re-opening plan, and promote vaccination within their networks and communities. The committee includes leaders and influencers from business, the community, and the non-profit sector. The ProtectMB community outreach and incentive grants will offer funding of up to $20,000 to Manitoba organizations, businesses, churches, and others who work in, and with, low-uptake communities.

Applicants will be required to attend an information session on vaccine uptake and hesitancy, and submit a simple proposal regarding their approach to addressing low uptake in their community. Staffing, outreach, food, and other activities, will be eligible for funding. Interested organizations can register for an information session at

On Tues., June 8, the provincial government announced the launch of secure immunization cards for fully vaccinated people. The card will be available to people two weeks after they have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and will enable them to travel without having to self-isolate for two weeks upon return. In addition, Manitoba health-care facilities, including hospitals and personal care homes, will soon permit expanded visitation if both the patient/resident and visitor are fully vaccinated.

What are your thoughts concerning secure immunization cards?

I would like to hear from you out there in our community, so please feel free to contact me via email at or by phone at 204-416-7337.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
Lagimodière constituency report

Andrew Smith is the PC MLA for Lagimodière.

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