On Thursday March 4, I called, in Question Period, on the government to put a priority on those, of any age who have medical conditions which put them at high risk for severe CoVID-19 infections. My question and the Minister's response are below (from Hansard).
COVID-19 Vaccinations -Vulnerable Populations
Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): Madam Speaker, unlike British Columbia, which has prioritized individuals with medically fragile conditions–underlying health conditions that render them extremely vulnerable, I table a list–the Manitoba government has been slow in its vaccine policy to prioritize individuals with medical conditions which put them at high risk for severe infection with the COVID‑19 virus.
Surely, individuals who are less than 65, and including those less than 50, should be considered to be prioritized, as British Columbia has done. We are receiving many letters daily from such individuals.
When will the government put a priority on vaccinating all very vulnerable individuals in Manitoba?
Hon. Heather Stefanson (Minister of Health and Seniors Care): Of course, once again, those decisions are not made by politicians, they're made by the medical team on our Vaccine Implementation Task Force, Madam Speaker. They are responsible for deciding the priority list for those who get the vaccine in the province of Manitoba. We will continue to rely on them for that advice.But again, I will remind the member opposite that those people in their 50s and 60s can't get the vaccine unless Ottawa delivers the vaccine to Manitoba. So once again, I will ask and call on these Liberal members of this House to call on their cousins in Ottawa to ensure that Manitoba gets the vaccine that they need, want and deserve.