Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health is urging residents to be patient as they wait to book appointments for COVID vaccinations.
On Tuesday, Dr. Robert Strang provided an update on the province's vaccine program, saying they have built a reliable program.
As of Tuesday morning, Nova Scotians aged 70 or older can currently book appointments at community clinics and participating pharmacies across the province. The Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is being offered up for this age range.
In addition, people age 55 to 64 are now able to book an appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine at participating clinics and pharmacies in the province.
Strang says the low level of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia has allowed the province to make choices to protect the program from the uncertainty of an unstable vaccine supply.
"It's important that Nova Scotians have certainty and that they can count on our vaccine program and that's also why you get your appointment for your second dose when you book your first dose appointment," said Strang. "The second one is automatically booked 105 days after your first appointment at the same time and location."
He says everyone will get their opportunity to get vaccinated as the province continues its rollout.
Meantime, Premier Iain Rankin announced the first African Nova Scotian community vaccine clinic is launching Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Upper Hammonds Plains for people over the age of 55.