COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Manitoba Inuit

Manitoba Inuit Association is working with the Government of Manitoba and the Government of Canada to ensure Inuit in Manitoba can access the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

All Inuit and household members who Pre-Registered for MIA June 16th Vaccine Clinic now have appointments

Everyone who registered by June 8th will have received an appointment by email or mail by June 10th. Please come no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time on June 16th. Expect to be at the clinic for about an hour. If you requested transportation assistance, someone will be in touch with you by Monday, June 14th with details.

If you Pre-Registered, and have not been contacted by email or mail, please contact Judy Clark, judy.clark@manitobainuit.ca to get details.

June 16th COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: Last minute appointments still available!

If you have not already registered online for our upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinic, it is not too late! We are offering first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine available for Inuit and their household members aged 12 and up. (See more under "Eligiibility").

If you don't have an appointment, and are interested in coming, please contact us to find out if there are till appointments available. You can:

  1. Pre-Register ONLINE OR
  2. Contact Judy Clark by Email at: judy.clark@manitobainuit.ca OR
  3. Phone MIA offices at 204-774-6848 between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

MIA follows Manitoba Government rules on mixing vaccines between first and second doses. For the most up-to-date information on vaccine types, please visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#second-dose

**All last minute walk-ups must arrive by 2:30 pm in order to access any extra doses of vaccine at our clinic. Supply is limited, so contact Judy to find out more.

The Clinic takes place at Manitoba Inuit Association offices at 1000 Notre Dame.

Eligibility

First doses continue to be available for Inuit and their household members aged 12+ who have not yet been vaccinated with their first dose, pending availability.

All Inuit and non-Inuit household members aged 12+ who were vaccinated with a Pfizer vaccine before May 26th are eligible for their 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine at MIA's next COVID-19 Vaccine clinic on June 16th.

  • Any member of an Inuit household aged 12+ who received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine on or before May 26th can access their second dose (pending availability) at MIA's June 16th clinic.
  • Anyone who received their first dose of Astra Zeneca vaccine on or before April 13, 2021 can book their second dose appointment at MIAs June 16th clinic (NEW June 1).

Deadline to Book Transportation Assistance: June 11th

If you need transportation assistance to attend the June 16th clinic, please let us know by noon on Friday, June 11th, so we can organize your ride.

To book transportation assistance, please contact:

All MIA Clinics are held at 1000 Notre Dame.

Be Prepared for the Vaccine Clinic!

  • Bring your health card, or another type of identification (such as a driver's licence).
  • Bring your COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form (found at ProtectMB.ca/Resources).
  • Wear a mask.
  • Wear a short sleeved shirt.
  • Bring your consent form if you have NOT visited MIA for your first dose. (to download go to: www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/covid/covid19_consent_form.pdf)
    If you came to MIA for your first dose, you do not need a new consent form for your second dose.

MIA will have extra copies of the consent form for your use if you do not have one completed.

For more information on COVID-19 immunization and the latest general eligibility criteria published by the Government of Manitoba -- visit #PROTECTMB

Missed the MIA June 16th Clinic? You can access vaccines at Indigenous pop up sites any time!

There are COVID-19 Vaccine pop ups sites at Indigenous centres for access by First Nations, Inuit and Metis 12 years old and up, for booking anytime.

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:

  • 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)

For an up-to-date lists of Provincial sites, and their eligibility rules, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/clinics.html


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.

At our May 25th clinic, MIA's Winnipeg Inuit-specific clinic, we will encourage households to come at the same time to get their vaccine. The advantage of a household approach will encourage Inuit to get vaccinated, while also solving booking and transportation challenges to Inuit in the Winnipeg region.

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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