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Most Nova Scotians will soon be eligible for an additional dose of COVID vaccine

The province will release more details next month
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An immunizer gives a COVID-19 booster shot at a clinic at the Halifax Forum

More Nova Scotians will soon be eligible to get another booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

As of September 6, children between the ages of five to 11 will be able to get their first boosters. At this time, the Pfizer pediatric vaccine is the only option for that age group.

"Children aged five to 11 who have not completed their primary series - first two doses - are encouraged to do so as soon as possible so they are well protected this fall," the province says.

And those aged 12 and older will be able to get another booster dose starting the week of September 19, "regardless of the number of booster doses they have previously received."

The province will release more details next month.

"We know that immunity from previous COVID-19 infection decreases over time, so even if you have already had COVID-19, it remains important to continue to get any vaccine dose available to you," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health in a news release.

"The combined protection from up-to-date vaccinations and COVID-19 infection can provide stronger immunity than from infection or vaccination alone. The COVID-19 vaccines available to us help to reduce severe outcomes, making it important for all Nova Scotians to get vaccinated as we are seeing more and more people becoming reinfected with COVID-19."

If you've recently had COVID or completed your primary series of vaccine doses, you should wait 168 days before receiving the next dose of vaccine.

However, those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should only wait 120 days.

When appointments open, they can be booked online or by calling 1-833-797-7772.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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