Nova Scotia to stay conservative in vaccinating public against COVID-19: Strang

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health says the province plans to continue with its conservative approach to vaccinating the public against COVID-19.

The province has only used about 60 per cent of its available vaccine allotment because it has been holding back a portion for second doses.

Dr. Robert Strang says Nova Scotia's low case numbers have made that approach possible, adding that the strategy likely won't change unless there is a dramatic rise in cases or clear evidence one injection provides sufficient immunity.

Strang says the province expects to receive 10,530 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week and says half will be reserved for second doses.

He says officials have administered a total of 23,140 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 8,225 people having received their required second dose.

Strang is also reporting three new cases of novel coronavirus and says the province has 12 active infections.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 16, 2021.

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