Currently, appointments for the second dose of the vaccine are booked 105 days after the first dose.
But speaking with reporters shortly after receiving his first dose of Pfizer vaccine on Monday, Rankin said the province was looking to move things forward.
“The age-based approach will continue, but depending on our volumes and performance, we will be able to do this before the normal time. [it’s] scheduled, ”he said, adding that more information will be available on Tuesday.
“But it looks like we’ll be way ahead of the second dose schedule for everyone. “
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Rankin expects everyone to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine by mid-June and plans to open second doses of the vaccine to healthcare workers and older people by mid-June. end of June.
Currently, Nova Scotians aged 25 and over can now make an appointment to receive their first injection of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
“It feels good,” Rankin said after receiving his first dose. ” I feel good. I didn’t even really feel the shot.
After Nova Scotia suspended its use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, those who had already received their first vaccine wondered what would happen with their second.
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Although there have been discussions about giving a different type of injection for the second dose, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization recently recommended that people receive the same vaccine for their second dose as for their first.
Rankin said the province still has 2,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that won’t expire until the end of June. He said they were waiting for a study to be released early next month before making a decision.
NACI recommends the same vaccine for the second dose
He said those first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were given with “informed consent.”
“Everyone who has taken this vaccine was aware of the risks, but I still say the first vaccine you can get is the right one,” he said.
“Everyone who took this vaccine did the right thing, they are keeping their communities safe and limiting the spread in Nova Scotia.”
Rankin also said the province is working on a plan to reopen which is expected to be released later this week.
Nova Scotia has been shut down since the end of April, when the number of cases started to skyrocket, and will remain so until at least the second week of June.
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It’s still too early to suggest reopening dates, but Rankin said it would be a “phased approach.”
“What we are doing is closing quickly and reopening cautiously,” he said. “We need to have some flexibility in this regard, so that public health can continue to monitor our epidemiology.”
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