Online booking for vaccines continues to be a concern for some residents in Brandon.
Brandon resident and former mayor Reg Atkinson expressed concern over the online booking system.
"Online booking was blanked out completely for May and June," he said adding he ended up bringing his wife to Winnipeg for her vaccine.
Atkinson and his wife travelled to Winnipeg to an identified vaccination site where she received her vaccine on April 2. Atkinson said he is scheduled to receive his vaccine this week in Brandon.
Former fire chief Gary Winters also took the trip to Winnipeg for his COVID vaccine as well. He said the online booking was confusing. When he attempted to book himself an appointment at a Brandon vaccine supersite, he was told there were no appointments available and was given the option of booking in Winnipeg.
"They said don’t bother calling back for a couple of weeks."
Winters received his vaccine in Winnipeg on March 29.
A spokesperson for the Manitoba Vaccine Implementation Task Force said the Keystone supersite for COVID-19 vaccines was not open Tuesday "due to a shortage of vaccine supply from the federal government. Manitoba had to put a hold on appointments at various sites. Keystone being one," he said in an emailed response.
The next available appointment at the Keystone supersite is April 21, the spokesperson said.
"There will be 1,000 appointments offered that week."
Asked how many people from outside of the Winnipeg region received vaccines in Winnipeg, he said there was no specific residency data readily available.
Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said in Tuesday’s press conference there were no reports of online booking issues.
"I don’t have any details of the situation. I will certainly discuss it with the vaccine task force if there was an issue and what’s been done about it," he said.
The impact of the Easter weekend won’t be felt for another two to four weeks, Roussin pointed out. And as people return from spring break to the province, he reminded people to follow self-isolation protocols.
"It’s imperative that we continue to keep case numbers down by not travelling outside the province," he said.
Roussin discouraged all non-essential travel, even within the province.