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From the Winnipeg Free Press–Manitoba children between the ages of six months and four years are, as of Friday at 9 a.m., eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Approximately 15 doctors’ offices are offering the pediatric vaccine to kids under five, with additional clinics expected to roll out their supply soon, according to Doctors Manitoba, which represents more than 4,000 physicians in the province.

Manitoba has received 14,900 doses of Moderna’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government and expects a delayed shipment of 28,800 more doses to arrive soon, the provincial government announced Thursday afternoon. Half of the doses will be held back to be reserved for babies’ and toddlers’ second doses.

About a quarter of the initial supply — 3,700 doses — has been shipped to medical clinics and regional vaccine sites.

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