The province says close to 60,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments are being altered due to shipping delays.

Officials say a delivery of 28,300 Moderna doses slated to go into arms this week is delayed, resulting in thousands of Manitobans requiring appointment changes. They were set to arrive on March 22 but arrived five days later.

"The province will be reaching out to affected people by phone, email and text to advise them of this change. Individuals may choose to book an appointment at a super site or wait for another pop-up to be rescheduled. These pop-up clinics will be rescheduled based on vaccine deliveries," the province says in a statement.

These vaccines were set to be used for popups this week in:

  • Glenboro
  • Matheson Island
  • Pine Dock
  • Faulkner
  • Whitemouth
  • Piney

The province says no additional appointments will be made but will honour those that were booked when the vaccines arrive.

In addition, 28,400 Moderna doses expected this week are delayed until sometime next week. Approximately 7,200 people will be affected by this in:

  • Steinbach
  • Pine Falls
  • Stonewall
  • Flin Flon
  • Virden
  • Russell
  • Gladstone
  • Pinawa
  • Eriksdale
  • Teulon
  • The Pas
  • Swan River
  • Killarney
  • Portage la Prairie
  • Arborg
  • St. Laurent 
  • Beausejour
  • Dauphin

This affects the dates between April 12 and 15.

There is no change to eligibility requirements, remaining at those aged 64 or older and First Nation people aged 44 or older.

Since December, 210,088 doses of the three vaccines have been administered.