Nearly one million people in Manitoba have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
69.8 percent of Manitobans aged 18 and older have received a dose while 67.2% of Manitobans aged 12 and older have received at least one dose.
"That's tremendous, Manitobans are doing what they can," said Brian Pallister during a news conference on Thursday.
Pallister alongside Dr. Brent Roussin also announced Manitoba's reopening plan today, called '4-3-2-1 Great Summer Re-Opening Path'. Dr. Roussin reiterated that Manitobans can continue to do their part by getting vaccines.
The plan announced today is focused on Manitobans getting vaccinated and following all public health orders and there are four reopening categories, gathering and socializing, travel and tourism, shopping and services, and dining out and entertainment. They will be geared around Canada Day, August Long Weekend, and Labour Day.
- The immunization targets are:
• over 70 per cent of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose and over 25 per cent have received their second dose by Canada Day;
• 75 per cent or greater of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose and over 50 per cent have received their second dose by the August long weekend; and
• 80 per cent or greater of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose and over 75 per cent have received their second dose by Labour Day.
“This reopening path aligns with public health advice on phasing out restrictions as more Manitobans get vaccinated,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “This path to reopening businesses, services and facilities and our ability to gather with each other rely on Manitobans getting that second dose while continuing to follow the public health orders, and I encourage everyone to book their first and second doses as soon as possible.”
- Reopening activity levels will be tied to the first and second dose immunization targets including:
• meeting vaccine targets by Canada Day means businesses, services and facilities can open at
25 per cent capacity or greater levels;
• meeting vaccine targets by the August long weekend means businesses, services and facilities can open at 50 per cent capacity or greater levels; and
• meeting vaccine targets by Labour Day means businesses, services and facilities can open with limited restrictions.
“The more of us who get vaccinated, the faster we can regain our freedoms and enjoy what we’ve lost this past year and a half,” said Pallister. “There are two ways to reopen safely – getting vaccinated as soon as you are able and continuing to follow the public health orders.”