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ALL eligible personal care home residents in Manitoba should have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this week, public health officials predict.

Immunization teams will visit 62 personal care homes this week to deliver the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents who consent to getting the jab, wrapping up the effort to offer immunizations at all 125 licensed homes in the province by Jan. 30.

According to Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead with the province’s vaccine implementation task force, uptake among residents has been strong. However, details on the number of doses delivered thus far were not available.

"What I’ve been hearing consistently when speaking to the team is that in every personal care home, they’re seeing uptakes above 90 per cent," Reimer said Monday.

According to Reimer, focused teams will continue to revisit personal care homes to offer vaccines to residents who are newly admitted.

In the coming weeks, first doses will be offered to new arrivals when immunization teams return to provide booster shots at the homes. Despite global supply disruptions related to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, all personal care home residents will get their second dose of the vaccine on schedule (21 or 28 days later), Reimer said.

As vaccine supply and staffing increases, hospitals and transitional care settings will also be visited by immunization teams to offer the vaccine to people awaiting placement in a care home.