The following message was sent to all Red River College students, faculty and staff this evening from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:
Today, the Manitoba Government shared their plans for the province-wide distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. I would encourage everyone to take some time to review the Province’s plan as it outlines their timelines and priorities to ensure that our health-care workers and most vulnerable Manitoban’s continue to receive the vaccine first.
Understandably, many of us are anxious to receive the vaccine and as the eligibility and availability of the vaccine expands, we will continue to provide accurate and up to date information to ensure our College community is informed, and has the opportunity to access the vaccine when it becomes available.
While we recognize that it may be a number of months before the vaccine is widely available to members of our College community, we will continue to follow the advice of Public Health for the continued safety of everyone working and learning at the College.
Today’s announcement also indicated that discussions are underway to define essential workers so they may be included as part of the province’s vaccine rollout plan, based on the availability of vaccine. We’re continuing our conversations with Public Health in this regard and will keep you informed as those discussions unfold.
UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Yesterday, the Province took additional steps to tighten restrictions around interprovincial travel. Starting Jan. 29 anyone entering Manitoba from anywhere in Canada will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes those entering from northern and Western Canada, and from west of Terrace Bay in Ontario, which under previous orders did not require self-isolation.
If you’re currently outside of the province and unable to return prior to Jan. 29 and the required 14-day self-isolation requirement will affect your ability to attend work or your program, please contact your instructor or supervisor.
Public Health orders strongly recommend against any non-essential travel and we encourage our staff and faculty to follow this important advice. A reminder that all Red River College related domestic and international travel has been suspended. Employees who still intend to travel for non-essential purposes against the advice of Public Health must ensure they discuss with their supervisor in advance as approval of the additional self-isolation period may not be authorized.
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Thank you for your continued diligence and support as we work to keep each other safe.