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Manitoba to relax rules for those with proof of vaccination

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 4:40 PM | By Terry Davidson


Manitobans who have received both shots of COVID-19 vaccine will now be able to travel within Canada without having to self-isolate upon their return and may get greater access to loved ones in health-care facilities.

It was announced June 8 that fully vaccinated Manitobans will be eligible for a new immunization card as proof of having received the required two doses.

The cards will be made available two weeks after both shots have been administered. With this, those who engage in inter-provincial travel will not have to enter two weeks of mandatory self-isolation upon their return to Manitoba.

According to a news release, Manitoba’s health-care facilities, including hospitals and personal care homes, will begin allowing expanded visitation if both the patient and visitor are fully vaccinated.

“This benefit is expected to be extended to health-care facility visitation in the coming week,” states the release. “Individuals also will continue to be exempt from self-isolation if they are an identified close contact of a COVID-19 case if they are fully vaccinated, with direction provided from public health officials. Additional benefits are expected to be added in the coming weeks.”

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said many residents “have rolled up their sleeves over these past few months and done their part in protecting our province.”

“Manitobans have told us that getting back to the things they love and miss is one of the biggest incentives to getting vaccinated,” he said. “As a government, we are doing everything we can to bolster vaccine availability and accessibility, and equipping Manitobans with the information and support they need to make the right decision to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.”

The news comes after a massive increase of new cases in Manitoba, which saw its health-care system strained to the point of having to send some intensive care patients to Ontario due to a shortage of beds.

On June 8, Manitoba reported 237 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths — with one fatality being linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern. 

As of June 7, 946,611 doses of vaccine had been given in Manitoba, with 66 per cent reportedly having received a first dose.

To get an immunization card, residents must have a provincial health card, have received two doses and must have waited 14 days after their second dose before applying for a card.

Application is done via a new online portal.

The news release notes that the new digital and physical cards contain no personal health information and only show the holder’s first and last names and a code showing that they have been fully vaccinated.

A phone number has been provided in the release for those without Internet access. However, they are being urged to seek assistance from family and friends before contacting the province.

“We are all eager to be able to travel, visit family and friends, and enjoy the many freedoms we have taken for granted and missed these many months,” said Pallister. “Getting vaccinated and following public health orders to protect each other and our health-care system is the fastest way to save our summer and get back to doing some of the things we love and see the people we miss.”

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