The number of Nova Scotia eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine is increasing.
Prime Minister Ian Rank announced on Thursday that people 70 and over can now book for Pfizer-Bioentech or Moderna vaccines.
Rankin said the new vaccine appointment time has been added to the weeks of April 12 and April 19.
The state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Robert Strong, said the minimum age for receiving the Astrogenega vaccine would be reduced.
Nova Scots aged 55 to 59 will be eligible for the vaccine from April 6. Currently, the vaccine is only available to people between the ages of 60 and 64.
Types of prescreening
Strong said the province has developed a process for pre-screening COVID-19 variant cases with single-day results, which will allow for extensive testing when a different case is identified.
He said the variant model still needs to be sent to a national laboratory to identify the specific variation.
Three new cases of COVID-19 were announced Thursday. The number of known active cases in the province is now 24.
Two cases are in the Central Zone. One of them relates to travel outside Atlantic Canada, and the other involves a close connection to a previously announced case.
The third new case is in the Western Hemisphere, which is associated with travel outside the Atlantic Canada. Those involved in both travel-related events are self-isolated.
Strong said the province has performed better than many places.
“Epidemiology is low and stable, which is good news for what is happening in many provinces across the country,” he said.
The provincial laboratories completed 4,240 COVID-19 tests on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday, 106,623 doses of the vaccine had been given, including 28,552 second doses.
The Prime Minister said that more than half of the more than 80 Nova Scots and more than 85 percent of health workers in the province have received their first degree.
Quick test at Wolfville
A news release from Nova Scotia Health on Thursday said it would deliver Pop-up Quick COVID-19 test At Wolfville on Thursdays and Fridays.
The test will take place Thursday at Wolfville & District Lions Club at 36 Elm Away from 10am to 5:30 pm and at the same venue on Friday from 11am to 7pm.
No appointment is required, but the test subjects must be at least 16 years old, have no symptoms of COVID-19 and are not currently in isolation. They should not have come for a visit Possible exposure location Did not contact anyone who tested positive.
Atlantic Canada Case Numbers
- New Brunswick Of the total 141 cases known, 10 new cases were reported on Thursday. Four people are hospitalized with the virus, including three in intensive care.
- Newfoundland and Labrador A new case was announced on Thursday. There are four known active cases in the province.
- PEI A new case was announced on Thursday. There are 13 known active cases on the island.