Nova Scotia has released its estimates of when each age group will receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and if vaccine shipments arrive as planned, the province says it is on track to deliver the first doses to 16 years and over by early to mid-June. .
A chart from the Department of Health shows that starting March 29 with people aged 75 to 79, vaccine eligibility will open to every five-year age group in descending order, to about one week of ‘interval.The pace is expected to pick up slightly when those under 40 are eligible in mid-May. The five-year cohorts continue until those aged 16 to 19 become eligible in the second week of June.
Estimates are based on planned vaccine deliveries by the federal government, but the province says vaccine supply is still unpredictable and fluctuations are common.
The expected vaccine delivery dates relate only to the first doses; residents will be able to reserve their second dose at the same time as they reserve their first dose. It will be administered four months later.
“I am pleased with the progress we are making in Nova Scotia,” Premier Iain Rankin said on Tuesday. “Like you, I wish I could snap my fingers and get everyone vaccinated. But a program of this size and complexity takes some construction time. ”
Nova Scotia reported a new case on Tuesday. It is in the eastern area and is related to travel. The province has 21 active cases and no one is hospitalized with the virus.
Increase in vaccine supply
The number of vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia is expected to increase approximately fourfold between April and June, compared to January and March.
In December, 9,550 doses were delivered. In January this number rose to 19,300, in February it was 33,130 and in March it was 138,270. Next month 182,100 doses are expected, in May 203,440 and in June 415,910.
By mid-May, the province expects to be able to administer 86,000 injections per week, with all clinics operating at full capacity.
So far, 119,110 doses have been delivered, 60,660 having already been used, 21,856 being retained for second doses and 36,594 due to be used this week.
Nova Scotia reached a record number of vaccinations last week, administering 11,470 doses.
“We are building a solid foundation”
“Our plan is based on the successful deployment of vaccines and then how quickly our vaccine supply is increasing,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “We are building a solid foundation so that we are ready to go. ”
Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout, which saw healthcare workers, those living in groups such as long-term care homes and residents aged 80 or older, is nearing completion d ‘by the end of April, the province said.
People at increased risk, including Indigenous and African Nova Scotians, as well as shelter residents and staff, are also part of Phase 1. The province said work is underway in those communities to identify the participants.
Reluctance to vaccines
According to Strang, according to a poll, 70 to 80 percent of Nova Scotians eligible for the vaccine say they plan to get it.
The immunization schedule released on Tuesday is based on a 90% turnout – “which is very optimistic, but I wish we were there,” Strang said.
If the participation rate is lower than that, vaccines will be offered to decreasing age groups even faster than expected.
Atlantic Canada Case Numbers
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases on Tuesday. The province has two known active cases, including one hospitalized with the virus.
- New Brunswick reported seven new cases on Tuesday for a total of 56 known active cases. A person is hospitalized with the virus.
- Prince Edward Island reported two new cases on Tuesday. There are eight known active cases on the island.