COVID-19: More Nova Scotians can now reschedule to receive earlier 2nd dose of vaccine

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru vaccine clinic in Kingston, Ontario on Friday June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

The province has announced that Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 24 and are scheduled to receive their second dose on or before Aug. 7 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates.

In a release Monday, the province said people who provided an email address at the time of booking will receive a rescheduling notice by email. Those who didn’t can call the toll-free line at 1-833-797-7772.

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When rescheduling, people can choose a different vaccine for their second dose, but the province recommends people who received a first dose of AstraZeneca get Pfizer or Moderna for their second dose.

“This recommendation is based on emerging evidence of a better immune response with an alternate second dose and the risk of rare but serious blood clotting events associated with AstraZeneca,” the province stated.

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Rescheduling notices for second dose appointments will continue to be sent over the coming weeks.

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