One-fifth of adult Manitobans have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of Monday, after the province reported fewer than 4,000 were administered Sunday.
As of Sunday, 216,275 adult Manitobans — or 20.24 per cent of the adult population — had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine since the provincial immunization campaign began Dec. 16.
In total, 68,368 people have been fully immunized with two doses of the vaccine; and 284,643 doses have been administered to date.
In a statement Monday recognizing the milestone, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson thanked the thousands of people who have so far contributed to the COVID-19 immunization campaign.
However, the minister’s statement erroneously equated the number of people who have been vaccinated with the total number of vaccines administered. The province later issued a correction.
"As Manitoba receives more vaccine, we’ve been able to ramp up our efforts to get needles into arms," Stefanson said.
The Manitoba government had planned nearly 4,500 immunizations to take place at the province’s five mass vaccination clinics Sunday. However, based on provincial COVID-19 immunization data, 3,846 vaccinations happened that day.
Provincial immunization teams and pop-up clinics were not delivering shots Sunday. Data from immunizations provided by pharmacists and physicians are also captured in the total daily vaccination rates.
On Friday, officials with the COVID-19 vaccine task force said data entry delays affecting the reporting of immunizations performed at mass clinics had been cleared.
By Monday, a provincial spokesman confirmed the province had again fallen behind on data entry, skewing the number of doses administered on the weekend.
Additional follow-up questions about the size of the backlog were not answered Monday.
Age eligibility criteria immunization remained unchanged Monday, with members of the general population at least 60 years of age and First Nations individuals at least 40 years of age eligible to book a vaccine.
People between the ages of 55 and 64 with select health conditions, and those 65 and over, are currently eligible for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through their local pharmacist or medical clinic.
As of Monday morning, the province had used 68 per cent of the 409,470 doses it had received from the federal government, the second-worst rate of immunization among the 10 provinces.
However, all doses Manitoba is responsible for administering is tied to an appointment in the next six days. Another 54,600 doses were sent out to doctors and pharmacists early last week and 26,500 are being delivered on First Nations.
This week, the province expects to receive 77,340 more doses of vaccine, including a delayed shipment of Moderna and 11,500 doses of AstraZeneca from the United States.
Provincial data also shows that 79.56 per cent of people between the ages of 80 and 89 have received at least one dose of vaccine. For people between the ages of 70 and 79, the population coverage with one dose is 63.5 per cent.
Only 25 per cent of people age 60 to 69 have been immunized with one dose, as of Monday.
On Monday, 5,264 immunizations were scheduled at provincial mass vaccination clinics and focused immunization teams. The province does not report immunizations scheduled each day at doctors, pharmacists or through clinics operated by First Nations.
According to the provincial data, the highest single day for vaccine administration was on March 31, with 9,412 doses given to Manitobans.
Danielle Da Silva
Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.