As part of our continued partnership with the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic, Red River College will host a COVID-19 vaccine site at our Notre Dame Campus located in the Voyageur Cafeteria. Similar to the COVID-19 test site at NDC, the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic will operate and manage this designated vaccine site with support from a number of areas across the College.

Preparations are now underway to transform the Voyageur Cafeteria into the vaccine site. As part of that work, you will begin to see directional signage on-campus and exterior signage along Route 90 and Notre Dame Avenue identifying RRC as a vaccine location.

The site’s opening is incumbent upon the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine that is being distributed to various clinics pharmacies across the province. While we don’t anticipate the site will begin accepting appointments until early April, we will keep you informed about when the site will open.

This partnership is part of the College’s continued response to the pandemic to support the province-wide effort to expand testing and make the vaccine readily available to all Manitobans. Strict safety and health protocols are in place to ensure the continued delivery of programs and services on-campus while the vaccine site is in operation. 

Many of us are eager to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. The Province of Manitoba has launched a campaign called #ProtectMB which includes a website with information on vaccine eligibility and sites where people can be immunized, as well as sharing stories about vaccines, myth-busting information and real-time updates. Doctors Manitoba has also developed an excellent resource to help keep Manitobans informed on the current eligibility criteria. This resource includes how to book appointments and where vaccines are available. I would encourage you to explore these resources and sign-up for notifications, so you know when you’re eligible to receive the vaccine.

Thank you to everyone at the College for the quick work to support setting-up this site. We recognize what a busy time it is and we appreciate the continued efforts of everyone to ensure the safe delivery of our programs and services, while at the same time going above and beyond to support the larger community.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Safety Health Services at safety@rrc.ca. Updates regarding the vaccine site and our continued response to COVID-19 will continue be shared in Staff Forum and at www.rrc.ca/coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine:

Will Red River College be administering the vaccines on campus?

Yes, as part of our continued partnership with the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic, Red River College will host a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up site at our Notre Dame Campus located in the Voyageur Cafeteria.

Similar to the COVID-19 test site at NDC, the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic will operate and manage the pop-up vaccine site on-campus with additional support from various areas across the College, and students from various programs will have an opportunity to be involved.

Are employees able to book appointments to get a vaccine at NDC?

Yes, once the NDC site is open, it is available to any Manitoban who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re eligible and the site has appointments available, you’re encouraged to take advantage of this vaccine site.

Under the College’s Collective Agreement, vaccine appointments are medical appointments. That means an employee can take up to two hours during their workday to get their vaccine.

 If an employee may need additional time to attend their vaccine appointment, please ensure that you speak with your manager so we can support you.

Does this mean post-secondary is a priority?

The provincial government has prioritized vaccine eligibility so that those most at risk get it first. As the vaccine becomes more widely available, and as additional vaccines are approved by Health Canada, the Province of Manitoba will continue to expand the eligibility to ensure that all Manitobans can gain access to the vaccine.

Click here, to view the current eligibility for Manitobans.

Eligibility requirements can change at any time based on the number of doses and appointments available, so we encourage you to continue to check the Manitoba vaccine site or sign up for eligibility alerts through Doctors Manitoba.

Will faculty who are over the age of 50 and who are instructing in essential programs or labs receive priority for vaccines?

The provincial government has prioritized vaccine eligibility so that those most at risk get it first. As the vaccine becomes more widely available, and as additional vaccines are approved by Health Canada, the Province of Manitoba will continue to expand the eligibility to ensure that all Manitobans can gain access to the vaccine.

The Province of Manitoba’s eligibility requirements for the vaccine are very detailed and restricted, so at this point in time we don’t have any indications that any specific job sectors or functions will be included in the eligibility – beyond those who are already working within a health care setting, community services setting or in a medical clinic or pharmacy, and have been clearly defined as high-priority within the vaccine rollout. At this point in time it is age based, and recently has been expanded to include those with some underlying health conditions.

Are the vaccines safe?

Like all vaccines, Health Canada will review the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines that will be used throughout the country.  A vaccine must go through this process successfully before it can be used.

According to the Manitoba Government, it is possible that Manitoba will receive vaccines from several manufacturers and each vaccine will have to go through the same approval process. Since they are new, the COVID-19 vaccines will undergo more rigorous monitoring for adverse events.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine visit www.protectmb.ca

Why should I get the vaccine?

Doctor’s Manitoba has created a fantastic list of reasons why individuals should consider getting immunized. By getting immunized:

  • You will be protected from COVID. Your risk of serious illness, hospitalization or dying from the disease will be dramatically lower. This is a new virus, and even younger and healthier people have become very ill. Some people have lasting effects even from a mild infection.
  • You will help protect your family and friends from COVID, especially those who might be at higher risk of getting seriously ill.
  • You will help everyone get back to a more normal way of life, because once enough people get immunized, it will be much harder for COVID to spread or mutate.

If you have more questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, you can contact Safety and Health Services at safety@rrc.ca               

Where can I go to learn more about vaccine eligibility?

Many of us are eager to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

 The Province of Manitoba and Doctor’s Manitoba have both created excellent resources to help keep Manitobans informed on the current eligibility criteria. This resource includes how to book appointments and where vaccines are available. We encourage the College community to explore this resource and sign-up for notifications, so you know when you’re eligible to receive the vaccine. The Province of Manitoba also has a lot of information about the immunization locations, eligibility and the different kinds of vaccines available.

What vaccines are currently available in Manitoba?

 More than one vaccine is being developed for COVID-19. In total, the federal government has agreements to access seven different COVID-19 vaccines. To learn more about the current vaccines available to Manitobans, along with current vaccine statistics and eligibility requirements visit www.protectmb.ca

Do I have to get a vaccine before returning to Campus?

No, we recognize that getting the vaccine is a personal choice and this is not something that can be mandated by the employer. However, we recommend that staff, faculty and students ensure they are accessing credible sources of information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and immunization to ensure they are making the right decision for themselves and for their family members.

More credible information about vaccines can be found here: