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Province to expand AstraZeneca rollout this week to people age 55 to 64

Nova Scotia is expecting 38,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to arrive this week
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The province will continue to expand its COVID-19 vaccine program this week.

Starting Tuesday, people who are 55 to 64 will be able to book appointments to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at participating physician and pharmacy clinics. 

According to the province, this is within the age range recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. 

Speaking at last Friday's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Robert Strang, said we are expecting 38,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to arrive this week.

The chief medical officer of health also addressed concerns surrounding the safety of the vaccine.

"I do understand that people have concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine based on what they hearing in the media," said Strang. "But I want to assure Nova Scotians that if we didn't think this vaccine is safe and if Health Canada didn't believe it was safe, it would not be part of our vaccine program."

Last week, all provinces and territories suspended the use of the AstraZeneca shot for people under 55, pending further investigation on reported cases of rare blood clots.

Chris Halef

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