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MHSC Announces First Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine to Pharmacy Partners

Manitoba Health and Seniors Care (MHSC) announced that a total of 18,000 doses of Covishield had been delivered to the province this week and would be allocated to a limited number of participating pharmacies and clinics.

On March 10 2021, Manitoba Health and Seniors Care (MHSC) announced that a total of 18,000 doses of Covishield had been delivered to the province this week and would be allocated to a limited number of participating pharmacies and clinics.

Information about community pharmacies accepting COVID-19 vaccination appointments is accessible on the Government of Manitoba website.

Only a selection of pharmacies will be providing COVID-19 vaccination appointments at this time due to limited vaccine shipment.

The current eligibility criteria is available at the following link:

https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#clinics-pharmacies

Eligibility criteria may change and should be reviewed frequently for most recent updates.

An interactive map of COVID-19 vaccine providers is available at the following link:

https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html

The Government of Manitoba news release is available at the following link:

https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=50945&posted=2021-03-10

The COVID-19 pandemic is perpetually evolving and CPhM continues to work with its partners at MHSC on the COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Program. The College will continue to update registrants on COVID-19 developments through it dedicated webpage, Friday Five publications, and email communications.

Vaccine Eligibility and Professional and Ethical Obligations

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) reminds pharmacists of their ethical obligations as trusted healthcare providers to practice in accordance with standards, practice expectations, and the Code of Ethics. This includes expectations to demonstrate professional behaviours and act as a role model with regard to observing public health measures that contribute to public safety, including vaccine eligibility. Providing inaccurate or misleading information, or encouraging others to do so, to obtain faster access to a COVID-19 vaccine is not consistent with holding a position of trust.

On March 3, 2021, The Emergency Measure Act Order re: Vaccination Eligibility Verification was proclaimed. The order allows Shared Health to investigate and confirm the eligibility of healthcare workers who have received vaccinations. If the investigation confirms an individual provided false information for the purposes of receiving early access to the COVID-19 vaccine, this information can be disclosed to the individual’s employer, professional regulatory body, and/or law enforcement.

Any reports of such conduct that are brought to CPhM’s attention may be subject to further investigation or steps to ensure accountability.