MIA Completed 3 Successful COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

MIA staff Jenelle Sammurtok, Judy Clark and Janet Kanayok welcome Inuit families to an MIA vaccine clinic

Manitoba Inuit Association staff, the Inuit community, and Provincial FIT teams (Focused Immunization Team) completed three successful COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics held April 26th, May 25th, and June 16th 2021 at MIA offices at 1000 Notre Dame Avenue in Winnipeg.

A total of 350 vaccines were delivered to Inuit families. It was joyful to see so many Inuit families pass through the MIA facility during our Vaccine Clinics.

Availability of vaccines has increased, as have the options to access vaccines at convenient, smaller locations. Because of this, MIA is not going to launch another clinic this summer.

But we are happy to help if anyone needs support to access a first or second dose. Read on to learn where you can book, and to get assistance if you need it!

MIA held vaccine clinics April 26th, May 25th, and June 16th at our offices at 1000 Notre Dame

Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccines

First doses are available for Inuit and their household members aged 12+.everywhere.

Anyone who has already received a first dose of a Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine can book their second dose vaccine appointment now. There must be a minimum of 28 days between your first and second shot.

Book now to get your appointment set up in advance!

See answers to questions about eligibility and vaccines at the Government of Manitoba site: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#criteria

Booking Options for a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment

Pfizer and Moderna appointments can be booked at both large and small venues.

  1. Pharmacy or Pop up Clinic:
    Visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html
    Find a location near you, and book an appointment by phone or learn about walk in clinic options at this site.
  2. Book with a Government of Manitoba vaccine clinic:
    Online: https://protectmb.ca Click on "Book Your Appointment"
    By Phone: 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222).
  3. Book with an Indigenous Centre Clinic:
    To book an appointment at the centres listed below in Winnipeg, Brandon or Portage la Prairie, contact the provincial call centre at 1-844-626-8222 to make your appointment, or contact them directly:
    • Brandon Friendship Centre, 205 College Ave., Brandon, (204-573-7239)
    • Portage Urban Indigenous Clinic at 11 Second St. NE, Portage la Prairie; (204-240-7272)
    • Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, 181 Higgins Ave., Winnipeg, (204-925-3742)
    • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre - Win Gardner Place, 363 McGregor Ave., Winnipeg (204-599-6551)
  4. Contact Manitoba Inuit Association if you need assistance with booking an appointment:

Getting your Immunization Card

Fourteen days after you received your 2nd dose, we encourage you to immediately apply for your Immunization Card.

If you have a Manitoba Health Card, and you received both Vaccine doses in Manitoba -- it is easy:

Go to: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html and click on "Request Your Immunization Card"

What if I received one dose in a different province or territory?

People who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Manitoba will need to get a record of their vaccination from the jurisdiction they received their vaccine. You may then contact covidimmunizationrecordsinformation@gov.mb.ca to update that information. Individuals may also contact their local public health office with this information if needed. After this information has been updated, you can then request an immunization card online.

What if I have a Nunavut Health card and want proof I received a vaccine in Manitoba?

People who hold Nunavut Health cards and want proof of vaccination by Manitoba Health are advised to contact Public Health at: 204 938-5347. You can ask to obtain your vaccine record from this specific office for Nunavut Health cardholders.

Need a Manitoba Health Card or to update your address?

To register for a Manitoba Health Card, or to update your address:

Online: www.gov.mb.ca/health/mhsip/mbcard.html

By Phone:

Insured Benefits Branch
Manitoba Health and Seniors Care

Phone Numbers:
Voice: 204-786-7101
Toll Free: 1-800-392-1207
Fax: 204-783-2171
Deaf Access Line TTY/TDD: 204-774-8618


Read on to learn more!


Is the Vaccine Right for You?
Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines

Many governments, Indigenous, and Inuit organizations have developed materials to help you make a decision about the vaccine. We have listed many useful resources for you to conduct your own research here.

It is YOUR choice. Please get informed about the vaccine.

Respecting Inuit Culture of Inclusion

Respecting Elders: Inuit Elders are at greater risk of severe outcomes from contracting COVID-19. No matter where older Inuit live in Manitoba, we all wish to ensure our Elders have early access to the vaccine if they choose to be vaccinated. Our Elders hold the key to Inuit culture and knowledge and we must prioritize them in accessing the vaccine.

Inuit household inclusion: A key part of being an Inuk living in Manitoba is recognizing that our families often include non-Inuit. We are proud of our inclusive families -- where we take care of each other no matter if we are Inuit or non-Inuit.

Inuit Societal Values (ISV) inform our approach to advocating for, and planning for access to vaccines for Inuit in Manitoba, specifically:

  • Inuuqatigiitsiarniq: Respecting others, relationships and caring for people.
  • Tunnganarniq: Fostering good spirits by being open, welcoming and inclusive.
  • Pijitsirniq: Serving and providing for family and/or community.
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