Almost half the appointments now booked at Nova Scotia's prototype COVID-19 vaccine clinic

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If you're a senior over 80 years old in Nova Scotia, you might have received an invitation to book an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine.

At a live briefing Tuesday, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, said booking for the prototype immunization clinic has opened today. The clinic, which will be held at the IWK Health Centre, is running for four days starting Monday, Feb. 22.

"There's been a lot of interest, so much so that the first two days are almost fully booked already," said Strang.

People who got an invitation to book their appointment were randomly picked from postal codes that are an hour away from the clinic.

If you received the invitation letter, Strang said there are a few things you should know:

You should speak to your family doctor, pharmacist, or nurse practitioner before getting the vaccine if you:

Strang said there will be enough parking spots at the IWK for everybody. Parking spots will be available on University Avenue and in front of the IWK Children's Building in addition to the parkade, which will have increased accessible parking.

Appointments will be staggered to reduce the amount of people at the health centre at any time and staff will be outside the building to help people find the clinic.

On Friday, provincial health officials in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick announced that some of the Moderna vaccine doses intended for their provinces will go to Canada's North. McNeil said Tuesday that all provinces across Canada will be following suit.

So far, Ottawa has reallocated 2,900 doses from Nova Scotia to Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Strang said more information will be available in the coming weeks about what the reallotment means for Nova Scotia's March vaccine shipment.

This week, the province is expecting its largest Pfizer vaccine single shipment to date at 10,530 doses. As always, half of them will be reserved for second doses. The vaccine will be sent to seven cold storage sites across Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

One case in the western health zone and two cases are in the central health zone. All cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada and are self-isolating as required, the Health Department said in a news release.

There are now 12 active cases in the province: eight in the central zone, two in the western zone, and one each in the eastern and northern zones.

Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 1,381 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 15.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 183,213 tests. There have been 508 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is in the ICU.

Provincial health authorities strongly encourage Nova Scotians to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing; particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca, by choosing the asymptomatic option.

More information on testing can be found at www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Book an online test on the self-assessment website if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

Or two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia.

Nebal Snan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle Herald