Welcome to Doctors Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccine resource centre.
Every physician will play a role in supporting the largest and most intensive immunization campaign in Manitoba’s history. Doctors Manitoba will support you with information and resources, as well as advocating for a meaningful role for physicians in the process.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can now apply to the provincial government to offer the vaccine in your clinic. Clinics will be able to offer immunization as soon as a new vaccine product suitable for community administration is approved.
- Learn more about what’s expected from participating clinics and remuneration details
- Provincial COVID-19 Vaccine Program Requirements and Application Form (external link)
- Watch our webinar (Feb. 18, 2020) with provincial government and Doctors Manitoba leads about offering the vaccine in your clinic, and the broader immunization rollout. You can also see a summary of the key takeaways here.
Updated February 23, 2021
If you would like to work in a provincial immunization clinic, you can submit your application through Shared Health. Find out how to apply.
Check out our Billing Guide on Vaccine Visits and Injections. Whether it’s a virtual or in-person visit to discuss the vaccine, address hesitancy, or administering the vaccine itself, this concise guide should answer your questions, so you can focus on your patient’s vaccine questions and needs.
Physicians are in the best position to respond to patient concerns and questions about the new COVID-19 vaccines. These are new vaccines, for a new disease, and patients may have many questions. It’s important to help them understand the risks of the vaccine and the risks of COVID-19. We are always on the lookout for resources to support you, as you support your patients.
Start by taking a look at our Guide to Responding to Vaccine Hesitancy. It includes valuable concrete tips for physicians to help you support your patients. It also has a link to a Webinar Doctors Manitoba hosted in February with a panel of vaccine communication experts.
Physicians are required to ensure patients make an informed decision to get the vaccine, like any other medical procedure.
You should review:
- CPSM’s Vaccine FAQ with concise answers to common questions about professional obligations.
- Standard patient consent form and the Public Health Factsheet (Manitoba Health)
- Enhanced Consent for Special Populations (including pregnant, breastfeeding and immuno-suppressed individuals)
- Medico-legal considerations on COVID vaccine (CMPA)
Nearly all physicians should now be eligible for the vaccine, including those who provide care in acute care or long term care facilities and provide provincially-insured services in community settings. View current eligibility for the vaccine on the provincial government’s website.
First, confirm you are eligible for the vaccine on the provincial government website. Then, to book an appointment in a provincial immunization clinic, call the vaccine call centre at 1-844-626-8222.
You can learn more about what it’s like to visit a provincial immunization clinic, from a physician’s perspective, in a recent story we posted.
Manitobans who have received the COVID-19 vaccine can access an online record of their immunization. Doctors Manitoba has pressed for these records to be made easily available, and we are encouraged by the province’s further commitment to provide a secure immunization card in the spring.
To access the online record, individuals must have a valid Manitoba Health registration card and a personal email address. Information about the COVID-19 vaccine received and dates of immunization will be provided for viewing and printing. Records should be available within about 48 hours from immunization, though it could take up to a week.
Immunization records can be accessed securely on the Shared Health online portal that is also used for COVID-19 test results. To view or print this information, visit: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/test-results/
Check out the following resources that you can support your patients and prepare to offer the vaccine
- The Public Health Agency of Canada has created a Vaccination Tool Kit for physicians and other health providers, including information about the vaccines and guidance on managing COVID-19 immunization clinics.
- PHAC has also collaborated on the development of an Indigenous Communications Resource about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Check out past webinars from the National Collaborating Centre on Infectious Disease, including webinars about the vaccine, vaccine allerfies, vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous populations, and the recommendations from NACI about prioritizing access
Below you will find some key external vaccine resources we have identified for physicians. If you have a resource to add, please let us know.
- Vaccine development and approval in Canada (Health Canada)
- Provincial vaccine information site (Manitoba government)
- Manitoba vaccine dashboard (Manitoba government)
- Federal vaccine information site (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Q&A for healthcare providers (from CanVAX, online curated resources to support immunization)
- What’s it like getting immunized? (Feb 1, 2021)
- Manitoba vaccine eligibility overview (Jan 27, 2021)
- Enhanced consent for special populations (Jan 25, 2021)
- Provincial response to physician advice / working in provincial immunization clinic (Jan 19, 2021)
- Doctors Manitoba Recommendations to Improve Vaccine Rollout (Jan 18, 2021)
- Webinar Takeaways from Dr. Joss Reimer and Dr. Tim Hilderman (Jan 8, 2021)
- Next steps on provincial vaccine rollout (Dec 23, 2021)
- Frustrations with Initial Vaccine Rollout (Dec 14, 2020)