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Nova Scotians 70+ and long-term care residents will soon be eligible for second booster

In addition, as of tomorrow, the Novavax vaccine will be available for adults 18 and older
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Bernice Burns of Halifax becomes the first senior in Nova Scotia to receive her vaccine in a community-based vaccination clinic

Nova Scotians aged 70 and up, along with long-term care residents, will soon be eligible to book an appointment for a second COVID-19 booster.

More details on the rollout are expected next week.

This comes after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended those in that age group get a second booster.

People who are 70+ need to wait 120 days following their primary series or their first booster dose to get the shot, while anyone in that category under 70 can get it 168 days following the primary series.

"The importance of vaccines cannot be overstated," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health in a news release. 

"Most adults will get maximum protection from three doses of vaccine - that is, a two-dose primary series plus one booster. However, evidence has shown some weakening in protection against severe disease over time for those at highest risk due to age." 

NACI says it's still studying whether second booster shots are necessary for younger adults and adolescents.

"By getting all the available doses recommended for your age group and health status, you are not only protecting yourself from severe disease, you're protecting the people around you, too," Strang added.

In addition, as of tomorrow, the Novavax vaccine will be available for adults 18 and older as a first, second or third (booster) dose at select locations.

"Novavax can be used for all three doses, or as part of a mixed series with other approved vaccines," the province said.

With files from Canadian Press


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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