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Shortage forces Manitoba to pause COVID vaccine for those aged 12-17

Last Updated Jun 21, 2021 at 2:45 pm CDT

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

WINNIPEG (CityNews) − The Manitoba government is temporarily suspending vaccinations to youth aged 12 to 17 due to Pfizer vaccine shortages.

In its daily COVID-19 and vaccine update, the province said “due to Pfizer supply issues from the federal government, appointments are not generally available for youth (aged 12 to 17) at this time, until more Pfizer doses become available.

“Young people aged 12 to 17 must continue to receive Pfizer for both doses, as this is currently the only vaccine approved for use in this age group.”

The province is expecting to receive 87,750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 240,520 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week.

Manitoba also expanded second-dose vaccine eligibility to anyone who got their first dose on or before May 25.

During Monday’s provincial health update, Dr. Brent Roussin said the province had 74 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total of active cases to 2,075.

WATCH: Manitoba health update – Jun. 21

A woman in her 80s within the Winnipeg health region was the province’s lone death. The province said she had the B.1.1.7 variant and was linked to the outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital.

The provincial death toll is now 1,125. There are 246 people in hospital and 73 Manitobans are in ICU within the province, Ontario and Alberta.

More than 52,000 Manitobans have recovered from the virus.

A total of 1,156,966 vaccine doses have been administered in Manitoba.

-With files from The Canadian Press