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

Individuals who have been fully immunized outside Canada with COVID-19 vaccines that are not approved in Canada, but are on the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing are also considered fully immunized.

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 illness. We each need to assess the risk and determine what we are comfortable with. Everyone should consider the following:

  • You can reduce your risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, being hospitalized or death, by being fully vaccinated. 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 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 masking and physical distancing.
  • If you are comfortable, consider asking those who you interact with about their vaccination status.
  • 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, maintain two metres (six feet) of physical distancing.
    • When gathering at indoor public spaces, everyone is required to wear a mask and practice physical distancing for their own safety.
  • Be aware of respiratory illnesses circulating in your region. When respiratory virus activity is high, you may wish 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. Fully-immunized people can consider relaxed measures related to masking and physical distancing in certain settings, if they have no symptoms of COVID-19. Fully-immunized individuals may also still want to continue wearing a mask or follow physical distancing based on personal assessment.

Regardless of your vaccination status, you should still Focus on the Fundamentals and follow public health orders, including using masks and respecting gathering size requirements.

Please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website for more guidance on relaxed measures if you have been fully immunized.

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