Manitoba government reaches out to areas with low COVID-19 vaccine uptake

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has selected 25 community groups and businesses to help drive up COVID-19 vaccination rates.

One group that helps disadvantaged people in the Steinbach area, where vaccination rates are low, will host a barbecue where medical professionals will answer questions.

New Flyer Industries, which manufactures buses, will hold vaccination clinics at some of its workplace sites.

Premier Brian Pallister says the aim of the program is to make sure vaccines are easily accessible and uptake can be encouraged by people trusted at the community level.

The program, first announced four weeks ago, offers up to $20,000 to Manitoba community groups, businesses, churches and others that work with low-uptake communities.

About 73 per cent of Manitobans aged 12 and up have received at least one dose of vaccine, and the government is aiming to have another 51,000 people get a first shot by Labour Day.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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