Manitoba announces availability of Pfizer bivalent; expands eligibility

The Manitoba government announced on Thursday that it expects to receive the Pfizer bivalent vaccine by the end of the week, and that it is expanding the eligibility for the bivalent booster vaccine to anyone aged 12 and older.

In a news release, the province said once the bivalent vaccine arrives in Manitoba, it will be shipped to different clinics, pharmacies and vaccine sites across the province. Delivery dates may vary, so while it may be at some locations earlier, the Pfizer bivalent is expected to be at most vaccine sites by Oct. 24.

Those 18 and older can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer bivalent booster dose, while those aged 12 to 17 can only get the Pfizer bivalent as it is the only one approved for the age group.

This news comes after Health Canada approved the use of a second bivalent vaccine earlier in the month. The Moderna bivalent is already available in Manitoba.

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