Manitoba

Learn about HPV vaccine access and coverage in Manitoba. Find out who can get a publicly funded HPV vaccine, where they can get it, and how much it costs to purchase it privately.

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HPV vaccine (type and dosage) administered

GARDASIL®9 is administered according to the NACI recommended immunization schedule for HPV vaccines.1

Accessing publicly funded HPV vaccination in school

Children receive the HPV vaccine in school in grade 6.2

Accessing publicly funded HPV vaccination outside of school

Manitoba’s ‘once eligible, always eligible’ policy allows individuals who were offered the HPV vaccine in grade school but did not receive it to get it for free at a doctor’s office, public health office, nursing station, health centre or through their pharmacist.4 The following groups of individuals can also receive a free HPV vaccine2:

  • Males 9 to 26 years of age who:
    • Are immunocompetent HIV-infected
    • Identify as gay or bisexual
    • Have sex with men
    • Have congenital or acquired immune deficiencies
    • Are victims of sexual assault
  • Females 9 to 45 years of age who:
    • Are immunocompetent HIV-infected
    • Have certain newly diagnosed high-grade abnormal cervical/pap smear results
    • Have congenital or acquired immune deficiencies
    • Are victims of sexual assault
  • Males 18 years of age and younger who are, or who have ever been, incarcerated
  • Transgender individuals 9 to 26 years of age
  • Individuals who are, or who have previously been diagnosed with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
  • Individuals currently under the care of a haematologist or oncologist from CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) who have a specified condition and have been provided a CCMB directed Immunization Schedule

Primary care providers, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and pharmacists5 can administer the vaccine. Prescriptions are technically not required for the HPV vaccine6 unless the individual is purchasing it themselves*.

Accessing HPV vaccination outside of publicly funded programs

Individuals who did not receive the vaccine in grade school and are not eligible for the publicly funded vaccine can speak with their health care provider about getting it.4 If recommended, the vaccine series can be purchased privately for $510 to $630 (total cost for three doses)**. Some individuals may receive partial or full coverage for the HPV vaccine through their private health insurance plan, although access varies by jurisdiction, insurance provider and individual plans*.

*Prescriptions for the HPV vaccine are often required for private health insurance coverage. Primary care providers, physicians and nurse practitioners can prescribe the HPV vaccine.
**Based on the list price for GARDASIL®9. Prices range due to varied pharmacy costs and injection fees.

  1. Goyette A, Yen GP, Racovitan V, Bhangu P, Kothari S, Franco EL. Evolution of Public Health Human Papillomavirus Immunization Programs in Canada. Curr Oncol 2021; 28(1): 991-1007.
  2. Government of Manitoba. Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Public Health – Fact Sheet. 2019. Available from: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/factsheets/hpv.pdf
  3. Diamond LM, Clarfield LE, Forte M. Vaccinations against human papillomavirus missed because of COVID-19 may lead to a rise in preventable cervical cancer. CMAJ 2021; 193(37).
  4. Government of Manitoba. Manitoba’s School Immunization Program: Questions & Answers for Health Care Providers. 2022. Available from: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/factsheets/mb_school_imms.pdf
  5. Canadian Pharmacists Association. Injection Authority and Vaccine Administration in Pharmacies Across Canada. 2022. Available from: https://www.pharmacists.ca/cpha-ca/function/utilities/pdf-server.cfm?thefile=/cpha-on-the-issues/Immunization_Authority_Chart.pdf
  6. National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities. Outline of the Schedules. Available from: https://www.napra.ca/sites/default/files/documents/Schedules-Outline.pdf