First doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be given out to the general public, Manitoba's vaccine team medical lead Dr. Joss Reimer announced on Wednesday.
From now on, only people who cannot access other vaccines will be given first doses. Most doses will be reserved for those requiring their second doses within the recommended time frame.
The announcement comes after Alberta and Ontario announced they were stopping usage of the vaccine following blood clots being detected in some people who were given the vaccine.
All Manitobans aged 18 or older are now eligible to book vaccination appointments at pop-up sites and super sites.
Manitoba hit a sad milestone on Wednesday as three more deaths linked to COVID-19 were announced, bringing the province's death total to 1,000 since the pandemic started.
Of the three deaths, one was a woman in her 50s in the Prairie Mountain Health region. Her death is linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.
There were 364 new cases of COVID-19 announced on Wednesday, including 34 from Prairie Mountain Health.
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