Strang said that although Nova Scotia is one of the most vaccinated provinces in Canada, there are still about 35,000 people who have yet to move their scheduled second dose to an earlier date. “I have to be frank. Whether or not we have restrictions in September is entirely in the hands of Nova Scotians who currently have an appointment made but have not yet rescheduled it to August. “
Strang said if everyone who is currently booked for a second dose gets it, Nova Scotia will reach 76% of the population with a second dose. But many of those second dose appointments are scheduled for September and October.
“So if you are eligible and are waiting for your second dose, please take a minute and move your appointment,” Strang said at a press conference on Friday.
Nova Scotia is in phase 4 of its five-phase reopening plan. Phase 5, which is expected to start in September, depends on whether 75% of the population receives two doses of the vaccine.
Strang confirmed during the press conference that entering Phase 5 will mean that “most or all” of the restrictions, such as assembly limits, physical distancing and masking, will be removed.
Self-isolation requirements may continue in the fall
Concerns about the highly infectious delta variant mean that public health plans to keep current quarantine requirements in place for the foreseeable future.
Currently, people entering the province from outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate based on their vaccine level, which typically means unvaccinated travelers self-isolate for 14 days, partially vaccinated people self-isolate for seven days and fully vaccinated people do not isolate at all.
“There are no final decisions there, but we are looking at this,” Strang said.
“It’s a principle we’ve been working on from the very beginning. Keeping our borders secure, limiting the chances of the virus entering Nova Scotia, is a fundamentally important part of our overall response to COVID. So we may have to keep going longer than we thought, at least until the fall, due to this growing concern around a fourth wave. “
4 new cases
The province reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the number of active cases to 15. The new cases are all in the central area and are travel-related.
A person is hospitalized with the virus and that person is in intensive care.
As of Thursday, 76.5% of the province’s population had received one dose of the vaccine and 65.6% had received two.