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Coronavirus Information

Weekly COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

April 23, 2021

Update 3 – April 23, 2021

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’ll highlight the latest news from RRC, updates on restrictions, vaccine eligibility, cases on campus, and informational videos worth sharing.


Manitoba expands eligibility criteria for AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine

This week, 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, here.

Manitoba expands vaccine eligibility to protect adults living and working in parts of Downtown, Point Douglas, Inkster areas in Winnipeg

This week, the province announced anyone over 18 years of age who lives or works in certain front-line jobs in the Downtown East, Inkster East and Point Douglas South neighbourhoods in the city of Winnipeg is now eligible to make appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine.

Manitobans aged 18+ are now eligible if:

  • they live in the Downtown East, Inkster East or Point Douglas South neighbourhoods in Winnipeg; or
  • they work in schools, as a child care provider, in a food processing facility, in a grocery or convenience store, at a gas station or anywhere that serves food (e.g. restaurants or food banks) in the Downtown East, Inkster East or Point Douglas south neighbourhoods.

Residents or workers from these neighbourhoods can now make appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine at supersites and pop-up clinics and at urban Indigenous vaccine clinics.

Check the community-based eligibility list here.

Vax Facts

Find out if you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine:

Are you…

  • aged 50 or older, or a First Nations person age 30 or older? (for supersites and pop-up appointments)
  • age 40 or older? (for appointments in medical clinics or pharmacies)
  • an individual living with a chronic health conditions*
  • a person who lives or works in a congregate living facility?
  • a healthcare worker?
  • An individual living or working in Downtown East, Inkster East and Point Douglas South neighbourhoods?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility criteria and how to book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment here.

*Find out more about qualifying high-risk health conditions, and specific congregate living criteria – visit Eligible Groups.

Have questions about COVID-19 vaccines? Check out RRC’s FAQ here.

Provincial Restrictions

In this section, we’ll keep you informed on the latest updates to Public Health Orders as they become available.


On Thursday, November 12, the province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable citizens.

This week, Dr. Brent Roussin and Premier Brian Pallister announced new public health orders to slow the spread of variants of concern and protect Manitobans and the health-care system against the third wave.

The following additional public health order restrictions are now in effect and will remain in effect until May 12, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

  • all households may only have two designated visitors indoors;
  • outdoor gatherings on public and private property limited to a maximum of 10 people including household members;
  • faith-based gatherings limited to 25 per cent capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower, with indoor masks orders in place except while household groups are seated at a service, are appropriately distanced from other groups and are not singing;
  • weddings and funerals reduced to 10 people, in addition to an officiant and photographer; and
  • retail stores must be limited to one-third the capacity of the store or up to 333 patrons, whichever is lower and malls will be limited to 33 per cent of the facility’s capacity.

For information on province-wide restrictions at the Critical Level, click here.

Current RRC Operational Response

RRC uses a colour-coded approach to share our current operational status. Our response levels range from green (limited risk) to yellow (caution) to orange (restricted) to red (critical). Right now our level is orange, which indicates community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring but there is low risk at RRC campuses. Learn what each level means.

Cases on Campus

There are 0 cases of COVID-19 reported on RRC campuses this week.

Click here to learn more.