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Coronavirus Information

Update: Manitoba expanding eligibility criteria for AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine

April 19, 2021

The following message was sent to all Red River College students, faculty and staff this afternoon from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

Today, the Manitoba Government announced it has expanded the eligibility criteria for the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine to all Manitobans aged 40 and over, effective immediately. Eligible Manitobans can find their nearest clinic or pharmacy with available doses by visiting https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html.

According to a statement issued by the Province, tens of thousands of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine remain in clinics and pharmacies across the province, which led to the decision to expand the eligibility criteria for the vaccine. “Based on all of the evidence available internationally to date, we continue to believe benefits of the AstraZeneca/ Covishield vaccine to protect against COVID-19 outweigh any potential risks,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force. “Expanding the criteria will help us reach more Manitobans, particularly those who may face challenges or face barriers in going to a super site or pop-up clinic.”

We will provide an update with more details regarding the opening of the Notre Dame Campus Vaccine Site through our partnership with the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic, as soon as that information becomes available to us.

The College encourages staff and students who now meet the eligibility requirements to reach out to their doctor or health care providers if they have questions and make an appointment as soon as one is available. You can find the nearest clinic or pharmacy with available doses here. Vaccine appointments qualify as a medical appointment under the provisions of the Collective Agreement.

Red River College is committed to keeping you informed on the latest provincial COVID-19 information, and how these updates and changes may impact the College community. Each week, we will provide a College-wide update on the latest news from RRC, updates on restrictions, vaccine eligibility, cases on campus, and informational videos worth sharing. You can find the weekly update here: www.rrc.ca/coronavirus

If you have any questions, please reach out to safety@rrc.ca