How were COVID-19 vaccines developed so quickly?
The Province of Manitoba’s campaign to immunize Manitobans against COVID-19 is currently underway.
The COVID-19 vaccine helps your body develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19, preventing you from getting the illness. The vaccine will also help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. All vaccines available in Manitoba are safe, effective and administered at no cost. The rollout of vaccines to the general public is largely based on age, starting with the oldest members. All faculty, staff, students and international students, regardless of health care coverage, are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Check https://protectmb.ca/ regularly to see the age of eligibility and to sign up for email updates that will alert you when you are eligible to make a vaccine appointment.
Stopping a pandemic requires us to use all the tools available. The vaccine not only benefits you, but it protects your family, friends, classmates, instructors and co-workers. In particular, it helps protect the most vulnerable who are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine.
The sooner members of our UM community are fully vaccinated, the sooner we can return safely to the engaging and enriching in-person activities that characterize the UM work and learning experience.
Updated April 16, 2021 Frequently asked questions
Are vaccines safe?
Yes. All approved vaccines are safe. Health Canada reviews the safety and effectiveness of all the COVID-19 vaccines and has determined through rigorous testing that the Moderna/BioNTech, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are all safe and effective in preventing severe outcomes and death from COVID-19.
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
Yes. The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and has been approved for ages 55 and over. Read this Conversation Canada article for more information about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Do I need to be vaccinated to return to campus?
While you do not need to be vaccinated to return to campus, UM encourages everyone to get vaccinated when they are eligible. The sooner everyone is vaccinated, the sooner we can return fully to in-person activities.
Can international students get vaccinated in Manitoba?
Yes, international students can get vaccinated in Manitoba. You will need to present some form of government-issued ID such as a passport to get the vaccine. The vaccines are provided at no cost to international students.
Will there be a vaccine clinic on campus?
At this time, there are no plans to have a vaccination clinic on the UM campus. Students, staff and faculty should follow the guidance of Manitoba Health as to where they can receive their vaccine.
Where do I get information about Manitoba’s vaccine rollout?
All the information you need about the vaccine rollout in Manitoba, and to sign up for an email notification when it’s your turn for the shot, can be found on the Manitoba Health vaccine portal: https://protectmb.ca/
When will I be eligible for the vaccine?
The age of eligibility changes regularly. Check https://protectmb.ca/ for the current age of eligibility and to sign up for an email notification advising you when it’s your turn to get the vaccine.
Where do I register to get the vaccine?
When it’s your turn to get the vaccine, visit https://protectmb.ca/ to book your appointment.
If I’m vaccinated, will I still need to wear a mask on campus?
After you’ve been fully vaccinated (received both doses), you need to still take the usual precautions in public spaces and on campus, including wearing a mask and physical distancing.
Will the 2021 Fall Term still have some in-person classes if not all students are vaccinated?
We encourage all students to get the vaccine when they are eligible. UM is planning to have some in-person classes resume in 2021 Fall Term and those courses will be identified as such in the calendar and at registration. In-person activities will continue to follow COVID health and safety protocols with physical distancing and masking as required. The sooner more members of our community are vaccinated, the sooner we can safely return to more in-person classes and on-campus activities.
Are the vaccines effective against COVID-19 variants of concern?
The variants of concern (VOCs) that have been circulating in Manitoba and around the world are serious and have shown to increase rates of infection and hospitalization in younger populations. Early evidence suggests that vaccines are effective in preventing severe outcomes due to COVID-19 VOCs.
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