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COVID-19 Resources for Patients and the Public
Please see the information and resources below to support your pharmacy care during COVID-19. Patients are also encouraged to visit Manitoba Health’s COVID-19 webpage for the latest information: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html
COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines in Pharmacies for Children Five Years of Age and Older
On November 17, 2021, Manitoba Health and Seniors Care announced that pharmacists who have certification of authorization to administer drugs and vaccines by injection can now administer COVID-19 and Influenza vaccines to those five (5) years of age and older effective immediately.
Please note that the expansion to administer vaccines from the age of five (5) years and older is only for COVID-19 vaccines and Influenza vaccines that are part of Manitoba’s Seasonal Influenza Immunization Program.
The age for pharmacist administration of vaccines remains at seven (7) years of age and older for all other vaccines.
The Vaccine Finder is available at the following link: https://protectmb.ca/covid-19-vaccine/
For more information, please see the Manitoba Government news release here.
Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 at Pharmacies
As of November 23, 2021, a new Ministerial Order under The Regulated Health Professions Act allows pharmacists to perform and interpret rapid antigen tests and rapid molecular (non-PCR) COVID-19 tests for Manitobans for any reason. This new order replaces the previous one that only permitted rapid testing for travel purposes.
The COVID-19 rapid antigen tests may be self-administered by the person seeking the test or administered by the pharmacist and conducted within the pharmacy facility, with pharmacist test interpretation, communication of diagnosis, and documentation provided.
If you exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive using a rapid test, you will be directed to attend a provincial testing site.
Contact your local pharmacy to ask if they provide this service.
Following Public Health Orders: Expectations of Pharmacy Professionals
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on the healthcare system and pharmacy professionals have provided unparalleled access for patients and the public during this time. Public health measures continue to evolve in step with new scientific evidence on the mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All pharmacists are expected to observe and follow Public Health Orders as set forth by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, including but not limited to, masking requirements, self-isolation requirements, and vaccination/testing requirements for designated persons.
The College encourages members of the public to review the Public Health Order as vaccination and testing requirements may vary by health care setting. Members of the public should feel empowered to advocate for their care, including asking the facility or health care provider about their policies regarding vaccination/testing for pharmacists.
COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacies
On March 10, 2021, Manitoba Health and Seniors Care (MHSC) announced that total of 18,000 doses of Covishield have been delivered to the province this week, and will be allocated to some participating pharmacies and clinics.
Information about COVID-19 vaccination appointments at community pharmacies is hosted by the Government of Manitoba website.
Only a selection of pharmacies will be providing COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Please visit protectmb.ca for the latest information about eligibility criteria and vaccination sites.
Health Canada is advising Canadians not to use either the veterinary or human drug versions of Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.
There is no evidence to support the use of Ivermectin as a safe or effective way to treat or prevent COVID-19. In fact, Ivermectin (especially when it is prepared for use in livestock) can be dangerous to people and may cause serious health problems including vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, dizziness, seizures, coma and even death.
If you have purchased Ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19:
- stop using it and discard it by returning the product to the point of sale or any pharmacy for proper disposal
- consult a healthcare professional if you have used Ivermectin and have health concerns
- report any side effectsfrom this product directly to Health Canada
- submit a complaint to Health Canada should you have any information regarding the illegal advertising or sale of ivermectin or any other health product using its online complaint form
Protectmb.ca is a Government of Manitoba website that can provide you with up-to-date information about the provincial COVID-19 vaccination campaign. The website ensures you have easy access to eligibility criteria, immunization sites, and myth-busting information.
You also have the option of signing up to receive updates on the vaccination program directly to your email inbox. When there is a change in eligibility or supply, an urgent message can be sent to you.
Visit protectmb.ca for more information.
Read the Government of Manitoba news release at the following link:
COVID-19 Vaccines: Tips for Consumers
A recent SafeMedicationUse.ca newsletter shared tips with consumers to help them safely receive a COVID-19 vaccine. With the continuing evolution of vaccine guidance, as reported and widely discussed in the media, you may have questions about whether the vaccine is safe for you. For more information COVID-19 vaccines and how you can improve your safety, please see the following link:
Influenza Vaccination During COVID-19
Please see the following resources on receiving your flu vaccination:
- Fact sheet: Getting your flu shot at the pharmacy this year?
- Social media graphic: Getting your flu shot at the pharmacy this year? Here’s what you can expect.
- Poster: Things might look a little different at your pharmacy
- Video: Things might look a little different at your pharmacy
- Infographic: Is Canada ready? Flu season & COVID-19
Your Medications During COVID-19
You do not need to stockpile medications.
Speak to your pharmacist if you are worried about your medication supply. Older adults and those with underlying health conditions may wish to speak with their pharmacist about a prescription refill, so they do not have to go to a pharmacy if they do become sick.
If you are feeling unwell and require medications, call your pharmacy and they will arrange to provide you with the medications you need.
Safety Incidents Caused by Hand Sanitizers that Look Like Drinks
In this time of shortages across the country, many companies have taken up the call to manufacture
hand sanitizers, so there is greater access to these products. There is a risk that hand sanitizer will be
swallowed by accident by an adult or child when it is provided in containers that are usually used for drinks such as soda, water, and alcoholic beverages.
Please see the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Alert: Hand Sanitizers that Look Like Drinks for safety precautions.
Potentially Serious Side Effects of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may cause serious side effects, including serious heart rhythm problems. The risk of these side effects may increase at higher doses, or if the drugs are used in combination with other drugs, such as the antibiotic azithromycin. Patients should use these drugs only under the supervision of a physician.
Please see the Health Canada notice on Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine.
Pharmacy Care Resources for Patients and the Public
The resources listed below can support active participation in your pharmacy care.
Naloxone is a life-saving drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and it is available in Manitoba without a prescription. Naloxone may be sold behind a pharmacy counter or in the retail area of the store. Ask your pharmacist where you can find naloxone.
In keeping with our mandate to protect the public, the College maintains a list of community pharmacies that carry naloxone kits you can buy. Please contact your regular pharmacy first for availability and price.
Once you buy a naloxone kit, a pharmacist can teach you how to use the kit in an opioid overdose emergency.
If you need a publicly funded (free) naloxone kit, please contact Street Connections.
If you need help with an addiction, you can call the Manitoba Addictions Helpline at 1-855-662-6605, or visit http://mbaddictionhelp.ca/
The following resources will provide you with additional information about opioid overdose and naloxone:
Giving Naloxone by Injection
Giving Naloxone by Nasal Spray
Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Training Modules
Toward the Heart Naloxone Administration: https://towardtheheart.com/naloxone-course
Disposing of Unused Medication or Used Needles and Sharps
Keeping easily accessible medications and medical sharps devices (such as needles or lancets) around the house, and/or improper disposal of these products, puts family members, pets, garbage and municipal workers, janitors an housekeepers at risk of being harmed.
The Health Products Stewardship Association in partnership with Manitoba’s community pharmacies, developed return programs for unused medications and used medical sharps devices.
To learn more about proper disposal of unused medications, please visit https://healthsteward.ca/returning-medications/
To learn more about proper disposal of used medical sharps devices such as needles or lancets, please visit https://healthsteward.ca/returning-medical-sharps/
The following resources an help you be an active partner in your healthcare to keep yourself safe when using prescription and non-prescription medications:
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