COVID-19: Top doctor in N.S. imploring people to move up second vaccine appointments

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Nova Scotia announced Friday that astir 56 per cent of radical successful the state are present afloat vaccinated.

Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s main aesculapian serviceman of health, told reporters Friday if everyone who is eligible for their 2nd dose moves up their appointment, the state tin scope its minimum people of 75 per cent of the colonisation being afloat vaccinated earlier, and determination to the adjacent signifier of reopening by the extremity of August.

Strang said determination are astir 69,000 radical who had their archetypal dose, but haven’t moved up appointments for 2nd doses.

“We request those radical to get vaccinated arsenic soon arsenic they are able,” Strang said astatine a virtual media availability connected Friday.

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As the fig of radical who request vaccination declines, Strang said the state volition commencement to adjacent assemblage clinics.

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According to the province, the past time Nova Scotians tin person a COVID-19 vaccine astatine a assemblage session is Aug. 15. After that, COVID-19 vaccines volition lone beryllium disposable successful participating pharmacy and superior attraction clinics.

Anyone who presently has a 2nd dose assignment scheduled astatine a assemblage session aft Aug. 15 indispensable reschedule their assignment oregon it volition beryllium cancelled.

Possible mRNA vaccine broadside effect

In a release, the state said an “uncommon lawsuit pursuing immunization with mRNA vaccine called myocarditis and pericarditis” has been reported successful Canada, including successful Nova Scotia.

Myocarditis is the inflammation of the bosom musculus and pericarditis is the inflammation of the lining astir the heart.

There person been 22 reported cases successful Nova Scotia.

“Although astir cases required hospitalization, they were comparatively mild, and the individuals tended to retrieve rapidly with blimpish attraction and rest,” the state said.

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Strang said erstwhile it comes to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the benefits of getting vaccinated acold outweigh the hazard of myocarditis and pericarditis.

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These reactions are chiefly experienced successful radical nether 30 years of property wrong a week of receiving the vaccine. It besides appears to beryllium much communal successful males aft the 2nd dose.

Anyone who experiences shortness of breath, thorax symptom oregon feelings of a accelerated oregon abnormal bosom bushed aft mRNA vaccination is being asked to question aesculapian attention.

Two caller cases

Nova Scotia reported 2 caller cases of COVID-19 and 1 betterment connected Friday.

The cases are successful Central Zone. One is related to a adjacent interaction of a antecedently reported case, which Strang said is related to a household cluster.

The different is related to question and is connected to the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Halifax.

“We’re seeing nary assemblage dispersed successful the state during this time,” said Strang.

So far, Nova Scotia has 12 progressive cases of COVID-19. There are presently nary hospitalizations.

There were 3,517 tests administered betwixt July 16 and 22 astatine the rapid-testing pop-up sites successful Halifax, Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Bedford and Sydney.

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Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,821 tests the time before.

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As of Thursday, 1,271,948 doses of COVID-19 vaccine person been administered. Of those, 541,389 Nova Scotians person received their 2nd dose.

Since April 1, determination person been 4,140 affirmative COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths. There are 4,101 resolved cases.

The state besides announced that it is renewing the authorities of exigency and volition take effect astatine noon, Sunday, July 25, and widen to noon, Sunday, Aug. 8, unless authorities terminates oregon extends it.

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