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Weekly COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

June 18, 2021

Update 10 – June 18, 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.

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Manitoba expands second-dose COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

This week, the province of Manitoba announced people who received their first dose of vaccine on or before May 23 can now book their second-dose appointment beginning today.

All Indigenous people in Manitoba and individuals with specific health conditions are eligible to book their second dose of vaccine, as long as they meet the minimum time interval between doses. People with specific health conditions are also eligible to book their second-dose appointment.

Click here to learn more.

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Second dose vaccine eligibility expanded

June 16, 2021

Today, the Manitoba Government announced eligibility for second dose COVID-19 vaccine is expanding to include:

  • individuals who received their first dose on or before May 14, 2021
    • Tomorrow, the eligibility will expand at 11:45 am to include people who received their first dose on or before May 18.
  • anyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield is now eligible to receive a second dose of any mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), provided they meet provincial eligibility criteria for their second dose.
  • All Indigenous people in Manitoba and individuals with specific health conditions are also eligible to book their second dose, as long as they meet the minimum time interval between doses. If anyone in these groups received a first dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield, the minimum time interval between doses is 28 days.

Click here for more information.

Click here to book your second dose appointment.

RRC Vaccine Stories

June 16, 2021

Hundreds of members of the College community are making informed decisions to get vaccinated every day, and they’re sharing their stories about why it’s important to them.

Pamela McLeod, Instructor, School of Indigenous Education, Notre Dame Campus

Now that I am vaccinated, I am most looking forward to…
…HUGS! I have been one of the “lucky” ones in this pandemic. My volunteer jobs disappeared. I sent a few suppers to the ER staff at the Grace Hospital because the cafeteria isn’t open on night shifts. We donated some money and some socks, but none of that has felt like much. The LEAST I could do, while others lost their livelihoods and risked their lives and soldiered on under such challenging circumstances, was to get a little shot in the arm. And it WAS a “shot in the arm!” I felt elated with relief. In early July, our first grandchild is going to arrive. I want her to grow up in a world where we know what to do to care for each other, and we do it.

Woman wearing a face mask

Naomi Kruse, Counselling and Accessibility Services, Notre Dame Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I grew up knowing my dad had polio as a child. He spent months in the hospital and time in an iron lung, separated from his friend and family – not knowing if he would ever see them again. Because of this story, I know what a miracle scientific discovery can be, and it is a gift which shouldn’t be taken for granted. Whatever I can do to protect my community, my family, my friends, and myself – I’ll do. It’s an extremely small price to pay.


Juan Carlos Mejia Cano, Student, Information Security, Exchange District Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I wanted to protect my family, especially my daughter that cannot be vaccinated due to her age. Manitoba healthcare workers have been doing an extraordinary job, but we all must do our part to overcome this situation. Getting the vaccine is one of the easiest ways to contribute. I believe that vaccines are safe and can be the difference between life and death.

Nancy Carroll, Human Resources, Notre Dame Campus

I decided to get my COVID-19 vaccine to protect… the most vulnerable people in the community. I have family and friends who are chronically ill. By getting the vaccine and supporting those in my network to get vaccinated, we will move closer to herd immunity and reduce the spread of COVID-19. I believe in public health and the role we can play to keep each other safe.

 

 

Marie Rogge, Instructor, LTC, International Education, VIA Rail – Exchange District Campus

I decided to get my COVID-19 vaccine to protect… my 87-year-old mother and her senior community. As her designated family caregiver, I want to do what I can to keep her safe so she can someday enjoy her soon-to-be-born great-grandchild. I want her to be safe and well and not at risk, so her whole community can enjoy another spring. That one vaccine protects generations!

Vaccines are safe, free, and available to all RRC employees and students. Together we can protect ourselves, protect others, protect the community, and help reduce further spread of COVID-19. Click here to book your vaccination appointment online. 

You can help encourage the College community to get vaccinated. Click here to share your story. 

RRC Vaccine Stories

June 14, 2021

Hundreds of members of the College community are making informed decisions to get vaccinated every day, and they’re sharing their stories about why it’s important to them.

Woman in carDayna Robbie, College and Public Relations, Notre Dame Campus

I decided to get my COVID-19 vaccine to protect…
I chose to get vaccinated to protect myself, but most importantly, to protect my loved ones. My fiancé is immuno-compromised and getting vaccinated is the easiest thing I can do to protect him and others with similar conditions. Together, we’re now one step closer to hugging our families and our plans to travel the globe again finally feel within reach.

Matt Brooks, Instructor, Creative Arts, Exchange District Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
It’s the smart, safe, responsible thing to do. If we ever want to get back to living our lives again (and fully live our lives, not just stuck at home), we need to protect ourselves and others. Some people can’t get vaccinated, even if they want to. I want to be in a room with my parents, family, friends, and students soon, and this is the only way it’s going to happen. And it’s just so easy to do – it takes all of five minutes to do.

Woman with band-aid on her upper armJessica Wilson, Student, Notre Dame Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
In November 2020, I took a micro-credential course with the College to assume a position as a healthcare aide in a personal-care home. I did this because during the COVID outbreak they needed extra help. In February 2021, as soon as openings occurred, I booked my vaccine and got double dosed within that month to keep myself and others around me safe. I still remain in that position today because I developed a passion for helping the people there. I plan on continuing this role until hopefully being accepted into the Diagnostic Sonography or MRT programs at RRC. I look forward to life being back in full swing, thank you scientists!

Angela Swanson, Early Childhood Education, Notre Dame Campus

I made the informed decision to book my appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I miss seeing my coworkers, students, family members, friends and community members in person. In my opinion, vaccinations will be the way to get us back together!

Woman wearing face maskCarleigh Friesen, Academic Success Centre, Library & Academic Services, Notre Dame Campus

I am sharing my vaccination story with the College community because…
I know someone that is living with the impacts of “long COVID,” and despite being young, physically fit, and healthy, COVID has left her short of breath over six months into recovery.

COVID doesn’t discriminate, and vaccines are our only protection against its acute and long-lasting impacts.

I’m sharing so that I can meet my niece (born in April!), host brunches, and have a date night at our favourite restaurants again. I believe this is the only way we can return to the activities we love and have been missing.

Vaccines are safe, free, and available to all RRC employees and students. Together we can protect ourselves, protect others, protect the community, and help reduce further spread of COVID-19. Click here to book your vaccination appointment online. 

You can help encourage the College community to get vaccinated. Click here to share your story. 

Second dose vaccine eligibility expanded

June 14, 2021

Today, the Manitoba Government announced eligibility for second doses is expanding to include:

  •  Individuals who received their first dose of vaccine on or before May 10 will be able to book today;
  • anyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield is now eligible to receive a second dose of any mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), provided they meet provincial eligibility criteria for their second dose.
  • All Indigenous people in Manitoba and individuals with specific health conditions are also eligible to book their second dose, as long as they meet the minimum time interval between doses. If anyone in these groups received a first dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield, the minimum time interval between doses is 28 days.

Click here for more information.

Click here to book your second dose appointment.

Weekly COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

June 11, 2021

Update 9 – June 11, 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 second-dose COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

This week, the province of Manitoba announced people who received their first dose of vaccine on or May 6 can now book their second-dose appointment beginning today.

All Indigenous people in Manitoba and individuals with specific health conditions are eligible to book their second dose of vaccine, as long as they meet the minimum time interval between doses. People with specific health conditions are also eligible to book their second-dose appointment.

Click here to learn more.

Read More →

Second dose vaccine eligibility expanded

June 11, 2021

Today, the Manitoba Government announced eligibility for second doses is expanding to include:

  • Individuals who received their first dose of vaccine on or before May 6 will be able to book today;
  • anyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield is now eligible to receive a second dose of any mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), provided they meet provincial eligibility criteria for their second dose.
  • All Indigenous people in Manitoba and individuals with specific health conditions are also eligible to book their second dose, as long as they meet the minimum time interval between doses. If anyone in these groups received a first dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield, the minimum time interval between doses is 28 days.

Click here for more information.

Click here to book your second dose appointment.

RRC Vaccine Stories

June 9, 2021

Hundreds of members of the College community are making informed decisions to get vaccinated every day, and they’re sharing their stories about why it’s important to them.  

Mariela Soifer, Instructor, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Notre Dame Campus

Woman with text overlay "Hello, I am fully vaccinated."

I am sharing my vaccination story with the College community because…
I want as many people as possible to get vaccinated. The best way to get out of this pandemic is to get rid of the COVID-19 virus, and the best way to do that is to stop it from moving from person to person to person. An effective way to do that is to isolate, avoid contact, and wear masks, but we don’t want to live like this forever, right? So, the second most effective way is for many, many people to get the vaccine, stop the infections and break the chain. It is truly a community effort, we need everyone on board, even if you are healthy and not concerned about being sick, you are helping the virus to keep moving and infecting people that might die. Vaccines are safe, do not let channels of misinformation get to you, go to the right sources.

My personal story is quite original, I got Astra-Zeneca as my first dose because that was offered to me first, and then I was part of the mix and match option getting Moderna as my second. Just do it! Please do it for everyone, literally the whole world.

Caitlin McClymont, Student, Education, Educational Assistant, Notre Dame Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I want to be able to travel back home to Scotland to visit family and friends. Some of my family and friends I have not seen in roughly three years, and I was planning a trip back to visit them but sadly the pandemic hit. I also chose to get vaccinated so I can protect my family, community, and the children I work with because their safety is the most important thing to me.

Tyler Parsons, School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Exchange District Campus

Man with sunglasses and hat with a vaccination sticker

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I want to have my children hug their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. I want my two-year-old to actually have a birthday celebration WITH people. I want to keep my at-risk loved ones safe and out of harm’s way. I want to be able to gather with my family to properly grieve and remember my grandfather and aunt, who both passed away during the height of the pandemic and haven’t gotten a proper farewell. I want to see friends, go to Jets games and support my local pub (shout out to Silver Heights Restaurant!). I want to keep our community safe. I just want to get back to some sort of normal.

Melanie Wight, Continuing Education, Exchange District Campus

I made the informed decision to book my appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine because…
Vaccines save lives! I am grateful to be in a country where this gift of a vaccine exists. We were blessed with so many vaccines prior to this. Polio comes to mind as I was in India in the early 90s and saw the results of the lack of that vaccine in the children. Heartbreaking. We have the opportunity here to save ourselves and everyone else by doing something so simple! I ran to get my shot. Excited about getting my second one. I had no side effects but would have been no less ecstatic if I had.

Sarah Belisle, Student, Human Resource Management, Interlake and Peguis – Fisher River Campus

Woman with vaccination sticker

Now that I am vaccinated, I am most looking forward to…
Travelling again. Oh, how I’ve missed seeing the world and can’t wait to be able to do it again. I am almost fully vaccinated and can’t wait to visit my dad who is currently living in Arizona. I am also looking forward to in-person classes again!

 

 

 

 

 

Vaccines are safe, free, and available to all RRC employees and students. Together we can protect ourselves, protect others, protect the community, and help reduce further spread of COVID-19. Click here to book your vaccination appointment online. 
 
You can help encourage the College community to get vaccinated. Click here to share your story. 

Second dose eligibility expanded

June 9, 2021

Today, the Manitoba Government announced eligibility for second doses is expanding to include:

  •  Individuals who received their first dose of vaccine on or before May 4 will be able to book today;
  • anyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield is now eligible to receive a second dose of any mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), provided they meet provincial eligibility criteria for their second dose.
  • All Indigenous people in Manitoba and individuals with specific health conditions are also eligible to book their second dose, as long as they meet the minimum time interval between doses. If anyone in these groups received a first dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield, the minimum time interval between doses is 28 days.

Click here for more information.

Click here to book your second dose appointment.

RRC Vaccine Stories

June 7, 2021

Hundreds of members of the College community are making informed decisions to get vaccinated every day, and they’re sharing their stories about why it’s important to them.

Lynn Zapshala-Kelln, VP, Finance & Administration, Notre Dame Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
Deciding whether to get a vaccine was never a question for me. It is profoundly important to me to protect myself, my family, and my community from the spread of this virus and the potential long- term, life-changing residual effects. Being vaccinated and having the majority of society vaccinated will mean that life for everyone can get back to a more normal state. I want to see the RRC campuses full of students, faculty, and staff. And I so want to travel again!

Gurbir Singh Sandhu, Student, Administrative Assistant, Notre Dame Campus

Man with vaccination sticker

I am sharing my vaccination story with the College community because…
I think during the pandemic, we are all thinking about when the COVID vaccine will become available. Now it’s time to get your vaccine ASAP, so that we all do our share to make our society pandemic free.

I live in Winnipeg, but I made my appointment and got my vaccine in Steinbach.

 

 

 

Christine Gray, Transportation Trades, Notre Dame Campus

I decided to get my COVID-19 vaccine to protect… myself and those around me. I am a very healthy individual and have never been too concerned about getting COVID-19. For a while wasn’t sure about getting the vaccine, but my daughter strongly recommended I get it, if nothing else, to protect others around me.

Then, approximately two months ago, a relative of mine in another country – a strong and healthy individual – got COVID-19. He seemed to be getting over it and then within days he was in critical condition and on life-support for almost a week before he very, very slowly started to recuperate. It was a scary situation. There was no doubt in my mind that I needed to do my part. At this point I have my first dose of the vaccine.

Emily Doer, College and Public Relations, Notre Dame Campus

Woman holding vaccination cardI made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I have a young daughter and I am newly pregnant with my second child. I want to protect both of my children, and my parents who have not been able to see my daughter – their first grandchild – in person since October. I spoke with my doctor and she enthusiastically encouraged me to get vaccinated as soon as I was eligible. I look forward to receiving my second dose and making up for lost time with my parents and in-laws in Newfoundland who haven’t been able to visit us since 2019.

 

Barb Cobb, Enrolment Services, Notre Dame Campus

I am sharing my vaccination story with the College community because…
You never know when you might find yourself in a situation that puts you or a loved one at risk for COVID. My father was unexpectedly admitted to hospital for a non-COVID related health issue, and he remained in hospital for two months. For some reason he was not provided with the COVID vaccine. He was tested for COVID multiple times while in hospital, and unfortunately his last test came back positive. He had contracted COVID while in hospital and passed away a month later. Two simple COVID vaccine shots may have saved his life. As soon as I was eligible, I got my first vaccine, and am eagerly awaiting my second shot. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you. You can help save lives.

Vaccines are safe, free, and available to all RRC employees and students. Together we can protect ourselves, protect others, protect the community, and help reduce further spread of COVID-19. Click here to book your vaccination appointment online. 

You can help encourage the College community to get vaccinated. Click here to share your story.