Manitoba surpassed 300,000 total COVID-19 immunizations Thursday, with nearly 239,500 people partially vaccinated against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Data provided by the provincial government showed 7,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered Wednesday to people across Manitoba.
The provincial government had planned to provide a minimum of 6,119 doses at its mass vaccination and pop-up clinics and through focused immunization teams.
Additional doses would have been provided by physicians and pharmacists who are delivering the AstraZeneca vaccine to clients, or on reserves by First Nations medical leadership.
However, there is a data lag in reporting immunizations provided by doctors and on First Nations.
As of Wednesday, 308,576 doses had been administered in Manitoba, including 239,476 first and 69,100 second doses.
Additional vaccine supply arrived in the province Thursday — including 37,400 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and 28,440 of Moderna — bringing the total number of doses delivered to the province so far to 486,810.
The province claims 72,984 of those will be used over the next 12 days at its vaccination clinics. The balance is the responsibility of doctors, pharmacies and First Nations to administer.
Officials with the provincial COVID-19 vaccine task force said they are working on ways to speed up the rate of immunization at the clinics they are overseeing and those run by distribution partners.
Based on the latest data from the province, 81 per cent of people aged 80-89 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the 70-79 age range, 69 per cent of Manitobans had received one dose.
For those aged 60-69, just 32 per cent of Manitobans have been vaccinated with a single dose.
Age eligibility criteria for vaccination was lowered Wednesday to people 59 or older, and First Nations individuals at least 39 years old.
Provincial data shows 22 per cent of adult Manitobans had received a single dose of the vaccine.
Danielle Da Silva
Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.