Manitobans can now apply for medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Joss Reimer, Medical Lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force says the first step people need to take is talking to their healthcare provider.

"If the specialist agrees they will submit the exemption to Manitoba Health and Seniors care. Only licenced specialists can submit that to us. There's a secure way for them to share it with us, and that information is only provided to the specialists who are able to do that."

Some situations where an exemption might be considered include having a severe reaction to the first dose, receiving treatment that prevents immune response, or if there was a severe allergy to the vaccine.

Reimer says the card exempt Manitobans will receive will be the exact same as those for people who are fully vaccinated.