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N.S. reports 8 new cases, says more people can reschedule for 2nd vaccine

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 1 and are scheduled to receive their second dose on or before Aug. 14 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates, said the province.

People who provided an email address at the time of booking will receive a rescheduling notice by email. Anyone who did not provide an email can call the toll-free line at 1-833-797-7772 to reschedule.

The province said anyone who has received a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can now choose a second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna.

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Anyone who has received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can now receive a second dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna.

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The province recommends people who received a first dose of AstraZeneca receive Pfizer or Moderna for their second dose.

Rescheduling notices for second dose appointments will continue to be sent over the coming weeks as vaccine supply is received.

New cases

Nova Scotia reported eight new cases of COVID-19 and 13 recoveries on Wednesday.

Five of the cases are in Central Zone. Four are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other is under investigation.

Three cases are in Eastern Zone. Two are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other is under investigation.

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The province said on Wednesday there is little community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread, the province said.

As of Wednesday, Nova Scotia has 92 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, five people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including four in ICU.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,142 tests the day before.

As of June 15, 715,070 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 58,854 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

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Since April 1, there have been 4,017 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths.

There are 3,901 resolved cases.

Case connected to Halifax school

On Wednesday evening, the province announced a case connected to Prospect Road Elementary in Hatchet Lake, located in Central Zone.

The school will be closed to students until next Monday, to allow for testing of close contacts and a deep cleaning of the school.

Public Health is reaching out to contacts, but out of an abundance of caution, it’s recommended all students and staff be tested for COVID-19. No self-isolation is required while they wait for test results, unless they have been identified as a close contact or have symptoms.

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