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Rescheduling of second vaccine doses has started

If you received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine between March 11 and 21, check your inbox
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A nurse prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to be administered today, Feb. 24, at the first clinic in a First Nation community in Nova Scotia

If you received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine between March 11 and 21, check your inbox.

The province has started sending out emails telling people they can move up their second doses.

Those who fall into that category had originally been scheduled to get their next shot between June 24 and July 3, however last week it was announced second doses could be fast-tracked by two to four weeks.

Last Tuesday, Dr. Robert Strang said anyone who wants to keep their original appointment will be able to, or they can book an appointment at an earlier date, either at the same location as the first or at a different location.

"We will be inviting people in the same order of groups that were originally vaccinated with their first dose," he said at that time. "So we'll be starting with health care workers, then moving through age groups starting with 80-plus."

Emailed notices will continue to be sent out to each tier as more vaccine supply comes into the province.

Anyone who didn't provide an email address during the vaccine booking process can add one by calling 1-833-797-7772.

At yesterday's briefing, Strang said emails will start being sent out to those who got an AstraZeneca shot next week.

"That initial email out will be for anyone who had their first dose of AstraZeneca March 11 to 27 and currently would have a second dose booked between June 24 and July 10," said the chief medical officer of health.

Earlier this week the province announced Nova Scotians who got AstraZeneca can choose it for their second dose or they can switch to an mRNA vaccine.

"The province has about 2,000 doses of AstraZeneca set to expire by the end of June," Strang explained. "If that is used and there's ongoing demand for this vaccine, we can and will ask the federal government for more."

Meghan Groff

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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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