After traveling within Canada, fully vaccinated Manitoba people will be exempt from self-isolation
Manitoba people can now travel within Canada. If they are fully vaccinated, they do not need to self-quarantine for two weeks after returning.
Governor Brian Pallister announced on Tuesday that it will provide individuals with immunization cards two weeks after receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
People are considered fully vaccinated only after waiting two weeks after the second injection, because this is the time required for the formation of vaccine antibodies.
“Of course, we hope this is a temporary measure because we have reached the point where everyone is vaccinated. But during the transition period, this is an important additional measure that will benefit you,” Pallister said.
Digital and physical vaccination cards do not contain personal health information or data. They only display the person’s first name and last name, and a QR code, which will show that the person has been fully vaccinated after scanning.
The current federal rules still say Anyone returning from travel outside of Canada must self-isolate, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.
But Pallister said that after returning to Manitoba, you can travel within Canada without self-isolation, which is one of the primary benefits of complete immunization.
Provincial restrictions currently require every visitor or resident entering Manitoba to isolate for two weeks after returning. Since April 2020, these orders have been effective in one form or another.
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Pallister said: “We are all eager to be able to travel, visit family and friends, and enjoy the many freedoms that we take for granted but have missed these months.” “This is really a difficult time.
“The freedoms we take for granted may not be until about a year and a half ago, and we need to restore these freedoms. We can win them back.”
Pallister said that freedom of travel also applies to families with children under 12, even if children of this age are not eligible for vaccinations.
“If parents are vaccinated, children under 12 years old can be exempted,” he said. “So, if you want to drive with a few noisy children, you can go home without isolation.”
Pallister also pointed out that his government is discussing with other governors the privileges that visitors to Manitoba can enjoy for vaccinations, and the treatment that visitors from Manitoba are entitled to when they travel.
“Common sense should say that we will be able to extend some of the benefits to others, they do the same thing, and we are here to extend to Manitoba. But it has not been finalized yet, so I will not announce it today.”
Pallister said that if patients or residents and visitors are vaccinated, health care facilities in Manitoba, including hospitals and personal care homes, will also allow expanded visits.
It is expected that the rules will be changed sometime next week.
Another benefit already in place is that anyone who is identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case can be exempt from self-isolation if they are fully vaccinated.
Pallister said additional benefits will be announced in the coming weeks.
The challenge now is to reach out to those who are hesitant about the vaccine. Last week, Palliste announced a grant program designed to help groups increase vaccination rates in areas with low COVID-19 vaccination rates.
The provincial government allocated 1 million Canadian dollars to provide grants of up to 20,000 Canadian dollars to cultural, artistic, educational, sports, religious, community and business organizations to prove their ability to help people who are hesitant to vaccines.
The measure was announced one day after health officials announced other strategies to reach people who had not received the first dose of vaccine due to difficulties in reaching provincial vaccination super sites.
Mobile outreach vehicles, on-site services and community care clinics are being launched to bring vaccines closer to these people.
Pallister said he believes that the immunization card and the limited freedom it brings will be an effective way to encourage people to get vaccinated.
“Manitoba people also tell us that going back to what they like is one of the biggest incentives for vaccination,” he said.
“Vaccines are the way to get rid of this pandemic. Vaccines are the way we get back to life.”
As of Monday, Manitoba has received 946,611 doses of vaccine, and 66% of eligible people—people 12 years and older—have received the first dose.
Pallister said: “As the reopening plan progresses and more Manitoba people are fully vaccinated, people with immunization cards may get more items or privileges.”
Infringement of rights?
When specifically asked whether these cards can be used to enter provincial-run attractions, such as museums or casinos, Pallister said there are many possibilities.
He said that when he talks about the government’s reopening strategy later this week, he will have more to say on this topic.
He said the strategy depends on whether the province meets certain benchmarks-possible vaccination levels and test positive rates.
“I think all of us want to see some hope in the window. We want to see some possibilities for what may happen,” Pallister said.
“I think it’s important to put it out, and we plan to do it this week.”
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He was also asked whether these cards would be considered a violation of rights, especially because not everyone can really get vaccinated, such as those with certain health problems.
“We don’t want to deprive people of their rights and freedoms. At the same time, COVID is doing it for us. The sooner we vaccinate as many people as possible in Manitoba, the better we will all be,” Pa Lister said.
“We are all together, and I hope we can be together. I don’t want this card to be used as a divisive thing. I want people to see the essence of it-an additional benefit for those who choose it. Two vaccines, nothing more.”
People can use the new card to apply Online portal via government website.
According to a government press release, once someone successfully completes an online request, they will automatically gain access to the digital card.
You can also choose to apply for a physical card and mail it to the address on the applicant’s Manitoba health card within 14 days.
The province has studied the idea of ??offering cash rewards to injections, but provincial research shows that Manitoba people do not like the idea of ??certain people getting things that others cannot get.
However, Pallister said he does not rule out reconsidering this idea in the future.
‘Good things everywhere’
Pallister’s immunization card announcement drew praise from Winnipeg intensive care physician and infectious disease expert Anand Kumar, who frequently criticized the province’s decision-making during the pandemic.
“But in this case, I was impressed. I think they are actually ahead this time,” Kumar told CBC Radio Manitoba noon host Marjorie Dojos.
“There is a lot of pandemic fatigue throughout the community, which makes people hope that they can start to recover part of their lives…for those who are fully vaccinated.”
He said this is also a way to encourage people who are hesitant about vaccination and “give them a reason to reconsider this hesitation. So I think this is a good thing.”
Although the government has not changed the current public health orders, Kumar said there may be many things to look forward to, including larger gatherings after people are fully vaccinated, but he hopes that the government will not fully open the door to orders under the current circumstances. Will expire on June 12.
“Obviously, the numbers are declining, and I think the public needs some hope. For example, I want all parks to be open, but I don’t think it is time to drastically reduce social restrictions at this stage.
“If we do this, I am very confident that at the end of the summer, perhaps in mid-August, we will start to see the numbers start to climb, and we will usher in the fourth wave of important waves.”