Information for Manitobans

Life After Immunization

Public Health Guidance

By being vaccinated, you benefit from the added protection against COVID-19.

Who is fully immunized?

Individuals are considered fully immunized: 

  • two (2) weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca vaccines, or
  • two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • two (2) weeks after receiving three (3) doses of a non-Health Canada approved vaccine
  • individuals who have received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccines outside of Canada with vaccines not approved in Canada require a dose of Pfizer or Moderna to be considered fully immunized

People who have received some but not all of the required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are considered partially vaccinated. People who have not received any doses of COVID-19 vaccine are considered non-vaccinated.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, find a vaccine clinic:  Province of Manitoba | Vaccine Finder

Assessing Your Risk

The virus that causes COVID-19 will likely continue to be present in our communities even after the majority of Manitobans are fully vaccinated. We need to learn to live with COVID-19 like other respiratory illnesses. We each need to assess the risk and determine what we are comfortable with.

Everyone should consider the following:

  • Being fully vaccinated can reduce your risk of developing severe illness, being hospitalized or death from COVID-19.   However, even if you are fully vaccinated, the risk of acquiring COVID-19 is never zero.
  • Individuals who are at greater risk of developing severe illness (e.g. immune-compromised individuals) or those who spend time with individuals at greater risk of severe illness, even if fully vaccinated, should carefully consider their interactions and consider using additional precautions such as physical distancing and wearing a mask where required.
  • When gathering with others:
    • Outdoors is lower risk than indoors.
    • When indoors, keep windows and doors open - good ventilation will reduce the risk.
    • Smaller group sizes are lower risk than larger group sizes.
    • Fewer contacts is lower risk than many contacts.
  • When getting together indoors or outside, where you are not sure of everyone’s vaccine status, consider maintaining two metres (six feet) of physical distancing, and wear a mask where required.
  • Be aware of respiratory illnesses circulating in your region. When respiratory virus activity is high, you may choose to take additional precautions such as masking and distancing. This may help reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other viruses, such as influenza or RSV.
  • People need to continue to support each other in making their own risk assessments.Regardless of your vaccination status, you should Focus on the Fundamentals, wear a mask where required, and follow public health recommendations of masking and physical distancing when you feel your risk of exposure to COVID-19 may be high.

Visit this page for current requirements for mask use in Manitoba.