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Coronavirus Information

Weekly COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

April 30, 2021

Update 4 – April 30, 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.

News

Manitoba expands community-based vaccine eligibility

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

They’ve also expanded eligibility for all those over the age of 18 who live in and/or work the Northern Health Region, and those living in Downtown and East End Brandon in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, and Powerview-Pine Falls in the Interlake Eastern Health Region.

Eligibility for the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine has expanded to include people aged 30 to 39 with priority health conditions. A complete list is available online.

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.

Pop-up vaccine clinics are also available at the following locations.

Update on illness following or related to the COVID-19 vaccine

We are pleased to share that many members of the College community continue to become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine each week. We would like to thank those of you who have received your first or second doses, those who are currently signed up for appointments, and those who intend to get their vaccine as soon as they become eligible.

As more of us become immunized, we must continue to prioritize the health and safety of the entire College community.

We would like to remind you that even after you are vaccinated with one or two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and you are experiencing any symptoms – even if you believe these to be side-effects of the vaccine itself, you must follow the following protocols:

  • Go home immediately, or remain at home
  • Complete the self-screening tool through Shared Health
  • Follow all public health proper protocols
  • Contact the RRC Health Centre at 204-632-2238

A nurse from the Health Centre will advise you on when you can return to campus.

Read the full update 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)
  • people who are aged 18 or older who are pregnant – NEW
  • 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 one of the Community-based Eligibility 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

Provincial Response Level: CRITICAL

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.

You can find a list of the updated restrictions here.

The following additional public health order restrictions are now in effect and will remain in effect until May 26, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

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.

Shareworthy

National Immunization Awareness Week

It’s National Immunization Awareness Week – a week we should all be celebrating! Learn more here.