Nova Scotians who have had their first COVID-19 vaccine could get their second dose two to four weeks ahead of schedule.
At a Tuesday briefing, Dr. Robert Strang said watch your inbox for more information.
"Beginning in early June, blocks of people will get an email inviting them to move their second dose appointment up," said the province's chief medical officer of health.
Anyone who didn't provide an email address can add one by calling 1-833-797-7772.
Appointments for second doses were automatically scheduled when first doses were booked.
Strang said anyone who wants to keep that 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 explained. "So we'll be starting with health care workers, then moving through age groups starting with 80-plus."
Earlier today, the province lowered the eligibility age for mRNA vaccines to 20.
"Our original goal was to have all eligible Nova Scotians book an appointment for their first dose of vaccine by the middle of June," said Strang.
"I'm very happy to tell you that all Nova Scotians 12 and over will be able to book their first dose of vaccine before the end of May, and get their first dose delivered into their arm before the end of June."
As of the end of Monday, May 24, about 48.2 per cent of Nova Scotians have had one or more doses of the vaccine.
Strang said if enough people move up their second doses, we could reach the population immunity goal of 75 per cent vaccinated, which means 85 per cent of those eligible, by early September.
"If we have a high level of first dose coverage by the end of June, we can have a much safer and less restrictive summer," Strang said. "And if we have a high level of second dose coverage by September, we can open up even much more."
"This is in our hands. When the opportunity comes, get your appointment booked," he added. "The sooner we get population immunity, the sooner we'll be able to start our new normal."
The province has provided the following vaccine statistics:
- 93.4 per cent of those over age 80 have had at least one dose
- 98.8 per cent of those aged 75 to 79 have had at least one dose
- 96.6 per cent of those aged 70 to 74 have had at least one dose
- 92.2 per cent of those aged 65 to 69 have had at least one dose
- 86.3 per cent of those aged 60 to 64 have had at least one dose
- 78.2 per cent of those aged 55 to 59 have had at least one dose
- 71.4 per cent of those aged 50 to 54 have had at least one dose
- 64.3 per cent of those aged 45 to 49 have had at least one dose