COVID-19 information for patients

For up-to-date information about provincial and federal initiatives related to COVID-19, please click here.

Masking requirements are lifting in most acute, long term and community settings in Manitoba. To continue providing a safe environment for immunosuppressed patients, the Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life teams within the Transplant Wellness Clinic are maintaining the use of masks for patients, visitors and staff.

As of May 10, 2023, masks will continue to be worn in all direct patient care areas including clinic areas and assessment/consultation rooms and the lab.

Medical masks are available to patients and visitors at HSC Winnipeg’s main entrances.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Transplant Manitoba recommends all kidney transplant patients and potential transplant candidates get vaccinated for COVID-19.

New recipients within one month of transplant will receive COVID-19 vaccination information from the clinic team during their regular follow up visits.

For current information about COVID-19 vaccines in Manitoba, including eligibility, how to book appointments, frequently asked questions and consent forms, all transplant patients can click here

Call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) or book using the online system.

As of December 24, 2021, the team recommends getting the COVID-19 vaccine booster as soon as you are eligible. Transplant patients are eligible for a fourth dose six months after the third. 

If you become positive for COVID-19, please call the clinic at 204-787-3138 as soon as possible.

Useful resources include:

Adult kidney transplant recipients

The COVID-19 situation is continually evolving and every person’s work exposure risk for COVID-19 is unique. Please work with your employer to find a safe work accommodation/environment.

If your employer can accommodate your work from home, that’s great. If your employer cannot accommodate you working from home, a safe and socially distanced work environment would be ideal. If the physical distance requirement of 2 metres (6ft) isn’t possible, appropriate personal protective equipment should be used.

If you return to work, you should wear a cloth or disposable procedure mask, wash your hands frequently and use social distancing. If you are sick, do not go to work.

Pediatric transplant recipients & back to school

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, parents of pediatric transplant recipients are encouraged to work with schools in their division to develop a plan that is safe and comfortable for all.

If return to school is in your plan, students should wear a cloth or disposable mask, wash their hands frequently and use physical distancing of 2 metres (6ft). If students are sick, they should not go to school.

In preparation for back to school, information about Manitoba’s guidelines can be found here.

Additional guidelines from the American Society of Transplantation can be found here.

We will continue updating information as we learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects pediatric patients.

Recipient parents & school age children

COVID-19 is constantly evolving and families need to make the best decision that works for them. Parents living with a transplant and school age child/children are encouraged to work with schools in their division to develop a plan that is safe and comfortable for all.