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N.S. top doctor defends province's COVID-19 vaccine rollout following criticism

Dr. Robert Strang and the province have received criticism for not moving some group ahead in the schedule, including residents with underlying health conditions
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Dr. Robert Strang at a COVID-19 briefing on Friday, March 19

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health is defending the province's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Dr. Robert Strang and the province have received criticism for not moving some groups ahead in the schedule, including residents with underlying health conditions.

Speaking at last Friday's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Strang said accommodating Nova Scotians with certain conditions would slow down the schedule,

"The process we've chosen will get us to the middle of June for all Nova Scotians," said Strang. "So I'm very comfortable, given our epidemiology, nobody is being put at any substantive risk by us following an age-based approach."

The province also took some heat for moving front-line officers ahead in the vaccination schedule, reversing a previous decision by Dr. Strang who had suggested officers weren't at the same risk as other workers listed in phase two.

He says all they're doing is treating frontline police officers the same way they've treated paramedics and some firefighters.

"We're not treating them special in anyway, we're treating them equivalent like we're doing with other emergency first responders," he said.

"For all other occupations, again in Nova Scotia, there's very little risk of being exposed to COVID, so the way we're dealing with all occupations and all medical groups is an age-based process because that allows all of them to get immunized the quickest and will protect them even when they're waiting to get the vaccine."




Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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