Coronavirus: Nova Scotia reports 14 new COVID-19 cases; vaccination plan ahead of schedule

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Coronavirus: Nova Scotia reports 14 new COVID-19 cases; vaccination plan ahead of schedule
Coronavirus: Nova Scotia reports 14 new COVID-19 cases; vaccination plan ahead of schedule

Nova Scotia reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday for a total of 97 known active cases.

There are 12 new cases in the central health zone, all but one a close contact of a previously reported case. The other case is under investigation.

There’s also one new case in the eastern zone, which is a close contact of a previously reported case, and one new case in the western zone related to travel.

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 5,977 tests on Wednesday.

There are six people in hospital with the virus, including three in intensive care.

Speaking at a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang said Nova Scotia’s vaccination plan is ahead of schedule.

Strang said 69 per cent of Nova Scotians have had at least one dose of vaccine and the target date for completing second doses will be “much earlier than scheduled.”

He said the previous target date of mid-to-late fall for completing second doses could shift to August.

According to Strang, the increased pace of vaccinations is attributable to a more reliable vaccine supply, a shortened interval between doses and the interchangeability of doses.

Strang said 400,000 does of Moderna vaccine will be arriving in the province in the next few weeks and Nova Scotia Health staff have been working to put plans in place to ensure they are administered.

He urged Nova Scotians not to wait for a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech as they may end up having to wait longer than if they took the Moderna vaccine.

“The is no substantive difference between Pfizer and Moderna vaccines other than they are made by two different companies,” Strang said.

As of Wednesday, 735,008 doses of vaccine have been administered. Of those, 66,248 Nova Scotians have received a second dose.

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