News release

Update on Nova Scotia’s Immunization Plan

The province is on track to give every person who wants a COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia their first dose by the end of June.

“We have taken a steady and measured approach to the vaccine rollout so that we have a solid foundation in place to move large amounts of vaccine through clinics in communities across the province,” said Premier Iain Rankin.

Since December 15, 66,287 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 20,579 Nova Scotians have received their second dose. As vaccine supply increases in April and May, so too will the number of locations that will offer it.

The province will have five models of vaccine delivery – community clinics, pharmacy clinics, primary care clinics, outreach clinics and mobile clinics. Two-thirds of vaccines will be offered through pharmacies and physician clinics across the province. By May, the province will be able to administer about 86,000 doses per week.

“We have always said we want to get good, then get fast. Nova Scotia’s growth, in terms of doses in arms, is steady and significant,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Our goal is to build a high level of population immunity against COVID-19, as fast as possible.”

Health-care workers and staff, and residents of licensed long-term care facilities will be fully vaccinated by the end of April. Most Nova Scotians will continue to receive their vaccine when they become eligible by age and based on anticipated vaccine supply.

All Nova Scotians who are 80 and older are eligible to book their vaccine now.

The following age groups are anticipated to become eligible to schedule an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine in April: 75 to 79, 70 to 74, 65 to 69, 60 to 64, 55 to 59.

The following age groups are anticipated to become eligible to schedule an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine in May: 50 to 54, 45 to 49, 40 to 44, 35 to 39, 30 to 34, 25 to 29.

The following age groups are anticipated to become eligible to schedule an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine in June: 20 to 24, 16 to 19.

Quick Facts:

  • 10 community clinics and 15 pharmacies are administering COVID-19 vaccine to all Nova Scotians who are 80 and older
  • 25 pharmacies and physician offices are administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Nova Scotians who are 60 to 64 years old
  • outreach clinics include vaccination clinics in First Nation and African Nova Scotian communities and shelters across the province

Additional Resources:

More vaccine information: https://www.novascotia.ca/vaccination

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