The Province of Manitoba is currently battling the third wave of COVID-19 infections which is putting our provincial healthcare system’s ability to care for the very ill in jeopardy.  The Chief Public Health Officer for the Province of Manitoba, and the Premier of Manitoba, have asked that all Manitobans become vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves and their loved ones, and prevent community spread to our most vulnerable citizens.

Vaccination efforts in the Southern Health region are underway and all residents of the Province of Manitoba who are 12 years and older are now eligible to become vaccinated. Residents can book appointments by calling 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC), and can review current information regarding second doses on the Manitoba Health Webpage: www.gov.mb.ca/Covid19.

Evidence shows that communities who have a higher percentage of residents that are vaccinated have a better chance of avoiding significant community spread of viruses like COVID-19.  Therefore, higher community vaccination rates lead to safer, healthier communities and a faster transition to back to pre-COVID-19 community activities.

COVID-19 has seriously impacted the health of our residents, put significant strains on our local healthcare system and healthcare providers, and caused significant financial hardship for the residents and businesses in our City. Vaccines approved by Health Canada have been proven safe and effective in protecting people from COVID-19 and making community transmission less likely. Communities who have the highest vaccination rates are less likely to see community spread of viruses like COVID-19.

Based on this information, City Council passed the resolution THAT the Council of the City of Portage la Prairie encourage all residents to become vaccinated as soon as they are able, with the goal of being the City with the highest rate of community vaccinations per capita in the Province of Manitoba, and THAT the City of Portage la Prairie assist the Province of Manitoba wherever possible to encourage vaccination efforts.