Readers ask health officials COVID-19 questions

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Brandon Sun readers are requesting specific questions be asked of health officials related to COVID-19.

QUESTION: If I’m allergic to the flu shot — I almost died — can I take the COVID-19 vaccine? As it is now, I’m scared.

MANITOBA HEALTH: Questions about vaccine safety can be answered by the federal government, at this point. Manitobans can check with their family doctor or primary care provider if they have concerns about vaccines and their health.

QUESTION: Why are results for COVID tests done in Brandon last Wednesday, Nov. 18, have no results and Health Links is unable to give answers as to where the tests are?

MANITOBA HEALTH: While I can’t speak to this case specifically, in general we have expanded testing capacity over the last month. Timelines for COVID-19 test results may vary due to current testing volumes and the testing location. It takes a matter of days for COVID-19 test results to become available.

Health Links – Info Santé experienced technical difficulties and they were working on a quick resolution, and is back online.

Updates are available at

QUESTION: Is it true that cases in nursing homes in Dauphin, Gilbert Plains, Grandview, Winnipegosis, etc. are directly linked to an agency nurse that was recently working at Maples Long Term Care Home in Winnipeg and was not pretested for COVID before being sent to these facilities to expedite a workers shortage?

PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN HEALTH: We could not find anything to substantiate or support that.

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Michèle LeTourneau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brandon Sun