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Manitobans 12 and older can now book COVID-19 vaccine appointments

WINNIPEG — Manitobans aged 12 to 17 years of age can now book COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

The Manitoba government made the announcement at a news conference on Friday, noting that young people can start booking today to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The province noted that Pfizer is generally available at supersites and urban Indigenous clinics.

Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead for Manitoba’s Vaccine Task Force, noted the Pfizer vaccine has been tested and reviewed and has been determined to be safe for children.

The province notes that it is “ideal” if individuals aged 12 to 15 attend their appointments with a parent, guardian or caregiver, or have their guardian sign a consent form beforehand.

If the young person attends without a guardian or a signed consent form, they can go through an informed consent process with a clinical lead. This process will help to assess the youth’s ability to consent on their own to get the vaccine. 

The province said all eligible young people aged 12 and older, or their parent, guardian or caregiver, can book an appointment by calling 1-844-626-8222 or online.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

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