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Seniors advocacy group says Nova Scotia's vaccine rollout is too slow

Nova Scotia administered 2,720 doses of the vaccine between December 16 and January 2
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Ultra low temperature freezer that will store the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (Photo courtesy of Communications Nova Scotia)

A seniors advocacy group says Nova Scotia is being 'too conservative' with COVID-19 vaccines. 

In December, Nova Scotia received a combined 9,550 doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: 2,720 doses were administered, 2,720 reserved for second dose and 3,700 Moderna doses reserved for long-term care residents.

The nonprofit group CARP, which advocates on behalf of older adults, questions if it's necessary for the province to be reserving second doses. 

"We believe that the province is being very conservative with what they are doing, too conservative, and we are not sure why," says spokesperson Bill VanGorder. "We'd like some explanation for if there is some good reason to not trust the pharmaceutical companies."

VanGorder says it's a problem only a fraction of Nova Scotia's vaccines have been distributed. 

"The premier said there is no vaccine sitting in a freezer in our province that is not committed to a Nova Scotian, but those are woeful words," he says. "I'm sure they all intend to go into a Nova Scotian but why are they sitting in freezers? That's the real question."

At Friday's briefing chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang said the province is working hard to rollout its vaccine program. 

He says the first long-term care residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be at Northwood's Halifax campus on Monday. 

Katie Hartai

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In addition to being a reporter for NEWS 95.7 and, Katie is the producer of The Rick Howe Show
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