N.S. reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, 2nd doses to be received earlier

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Nova Scotia reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and said 93 active cases remain in the province.

Nine cases are in Central Zone. Six are close contacts of previously reported cases, two are under investigation and one is related to travel.

Two cases are in Eastern Zone and are related to travel.

“Nova Scotia will receive its largest shipment of vaccine in the coming weeks,” said Premier Iain Rankin in a press release.

“When you get an email to reschedule your second dose for an earlier date, do it. The sooner we can get Nova Scotians fully vaccinated, the sooner we will get back to normal.”

The province also announced that Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 14 and are scheduled to receive their second dose on or before August 27 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates.

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In a release Friday, the province said that notification emails will go out in batches over several days. 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 or does not receive a notice can call the toll-free line at 1-833-797-7772 to reschedule.

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On Thursday, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization advised that “when mixing vaccines, the minimum interval between doses should be based on the minimum interval of the product used for the first dose.”

For AstraZeneca, the minimum interval is 28 days. This means that anyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca in Nova Scotia can now reschedule their second dose for 28 days later.

The current supply of AstraZeneca expires June 30.

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

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When rescheduling the second dose, the province said people will select a new date and time at any clinic across the province that has an available appointment. They will also be able to select a different vaccine for their second dose.

Drive-thru clinics in Dartmouth, Truro and Wolfville can now accommodate up to four people in one vehicle.

“At the time of booking you can schedule a maximum four people for one appointment time,” the province said.

COVID-19 cases

According to the province, there were 4,066 COVID-19 cases from March 15 to June 15, 2021. Of those:

  • 25 (0.6 per cent) were fully vaccinated
  • 218 (5.4 per cent) were partially vaccinated
  • 3,823 (94 per cent) were unvaccinated

There were 250 people hospitalized. Of those:

  • 2 (0.8 per cent) were fully vaccinated
  • 27 (10.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated
  • 221 (88.4 per cent) were unvaccinated

Twenty-four people died. Of those:

  • 1 (4.2 per cent) was fully vaccinated
  • 3 (12.5 per cent) were partially vaccinated
  • 20 (83.3 per cent) were unvaccinated

As of Friday, the province said six people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including three in ICU.

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On June 17, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,602 tests.

There were 12,423 tests administered between June 11 and 17 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Sydney, Sackville, Bedford, Halifax, Dartmouth and Shelburne.

As of June 17, 752,599 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 73,600 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 4,042 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths.

There are 3,925 resolved cases.


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