ALMOST 5,700 COVID-19 immunizations were performed Monday despite a snow storm that created precarious travel conditions in Manitoba.
The province said 5,264 doses were scheduled to be given at provincially run mass vaccination clinics and by immunization teams on Monday.
Provincial data showed 5,695 total doses were administered Monday, including on First Nations and at pharmacies and medical clinics.
As of late afternoon Tuesday, the province did not have information on the number of appointments that had to be cancelled due to weather on either Monday or Tuesday.
However, when an appointment is cancelled, the dose is released back into the booking system, a provincial spokesman said. It is then made available to the next person, and could become available the same day through the online booking portal.
"When a person cancels, they are asked if they want to rebook. Appointment bookings are co-dependent on supply of vaccine," the spokesperson said, adding that if there are no vaccines, an appointment cannot be made. "The client is given the first available appointment, as per our schedule."
However, people who call the provincial COVID-19 vaccination hotline to book an appointment are offered appointments on the first available date, the spokesman said, which could be a day or two, depending on where they live.
The province apologized to people who continued to receive appointment notification reminders confirming their immunization was scheduled at pop-up clinics in rural Manitoba, that had been cancelled due to delayed shipments of Moderna vaccine.
The province said an "administration error" also resulted in agents at the provincial call centre not being given accurate information about the postponed clinics.
"This resulted in some clients being given incorrect information," a provincial spokesman said. "Once we discovered the error, we quickly adjusted and affected clients were contacted via direct phone calls/emails whenever possible and provided with accurate information."