The provincial government says it is building a strategic, flexible immunization plan with over a
million doses of COVID-19 vaccine – enough for more than 500,000 people – expected to arrive in the province over the next six months.
About 140,000 vaccine doses are expected by the end of March in the first phase of a three-phase immunization plan, and another million doses are expected to be delivered between April and June.
Phase 1 of the COVID-19 immunization plan runs from January to April and includes:
— a continued focus on immunizing front-line health-care workers who are closely involved in the COVID-19 response. It is expected they will all receive at least their first of two required doses by the end of January
— all staff, designated caregivers and residents in long-term care
— residential care residents and staff
— seniors living in the community who are 80 or older, followed by anyone 75-79
— health-care workers such as physicians, paramedics and home-care workers whose work involves direct contact with patients
Phase 2 is expected to begin in May and will include remaining health-care workers and essential workers. Phase 3 will begin in summer and include all Nova Scotians who are not part of the Phase 1 and 2 priority groups.
During the update, Premier Stephen McNeil said they will continue vaccinating front line workers today.
McNeil said the province will continue to communicate with residents as the vaccination plans roll out