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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Jan. 24, 2021 – BarrieToday

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 15,213 new vaccinations administered for a total of 816,451 doses given. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 2,154.265 per 100,000.

There were zero new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 1,122,450 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 72.74 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

Please note that Newfoundland, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland is reporting 3,258 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 8,549 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 16.326 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland for a total of 16,500 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 3.2 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 51.81 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 1,423 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 6,525 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 41.134 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 9,225 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 5.8 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 70.73 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 2,975 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 10,575 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 10.836 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 28,850 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 3.0 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 36.66 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 2,704 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 10,436 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 13.379 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 21,675 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 2.8 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 48.15 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 8,503 new vaccinations administered for a total of 218,755 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 25.565 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 238,100 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 2.8 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.88 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 4,427 new vaccinations administered for a total of 280,573 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 19.101 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 411,650 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 2.8 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 68.16 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 1,389 new vaccinations administered for a total of 28,941 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 21.017 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 55,650 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 4.0 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 52.01 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 654 new vaccinations administered for a total of 33,039 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 28.019 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 32,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 2.8 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 101 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 240 new vaccinations administered for a total of 99,047 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 22.50 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 122,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 2.8 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 80.71 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 110,566 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 21.546 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 144,550 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 2.8 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 76.49 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,730 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 89.382 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 14,400 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 35 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 25.9 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,893 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 41.956 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 14,400 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 32 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 13.15 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,822 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 98.693 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 12,000 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 31 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 31.85 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

*Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published Jan. 24, 2021.

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Nova Scotia reports 2 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday – HalifaxToday.ca

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NEWS RELEASE
COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS
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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 7.

The two cases are in Central Zone. One is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required. The other case is a close contact of a previously reported case.

“Seeing a low number of cases today is encouraging. I want to thank everyone for doing their part to remain vigilant,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Let’s keep up our efforts and continue to follow the public health measures- wear a mask, wash your hands, keep physical distance, stay home if you are feeling unwell, self-isolate when required and get tested regularly.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,685 Nova Scotia tests on March 6.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 247,189 tests. There have been 570 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital. Of those, one is in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 541 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We know how easily COVID-19 can spread if we let our guard down,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “It is up to all of us to follow the public health protocols to make sure we limit the spread of the virus.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
— sore throat
— runny nose/nasal congestion
— headache
— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives — practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:
— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 21, 2021
— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

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Doctors Nova Scotia, pharmacy association prepare for AstraZeneca vaccine rollout – Global News

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Nova Scotia has been using both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to vaccinate people against COVID-19 for the past few months, but as Health Canada approves more vaccines, the province will have more options, and that’s already happening.

On Feb. 26, Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca vaccine. Like Moderna and Pfizer, it’s a two-dose vaccine, but it’s different because it’s a viral vector vaccine that uses a harmless virus to trigger an immune response and help the body create antibodies.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia to receive AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

Based on clinical trials, it is 62 per cent effective against COVID-19, compared to Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which are both mRNA vaccines and are more than 90 per cent effective.

“We feel that difference is enough people should be able to make their own choice,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang on Friday.

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The province says that they are preparing information for Nova Scotians so that they will be able to make an informed decision before choosing between getting AstraZeneca now, or waiting for an mRNA vaccine.

That information is expected to be released this week, just as the province is already slated to receive 13,000 doses of AstraZeneca.

All of the initial doses must all be used by April 2.

So far, the province’s rollout has largely been age based — focusing first on those 80 and older with the plan to move down in increments of 5 years. But the AstraZeneca vaccine is only recommended for those under the age of 65, due to the age group tested during the clinical trials, and so the province will have to pivot its distribution plan.


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AstraZeneca is easier to store and transport than the other COVID-19 vaccines, as it is only required to be kept between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius, which is similar to a flu vaccine. Due to this, the province has been able to turn to Doctors Nova Scotia and the pharmacy association to administer the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines to Nova Scotians between the ages of 50 and 64.

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“We’re really excited to be part of this part of the pandemic vaccine program,” said  Robyn MacQuarrie, president of Doctors Nova Scotia.

“It’s going quickly. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt (this year), it’s just that we need to be nimble.”

The initial shipment of 13,000 doses will all be used for first doses and the province will open up an online booking portal. Appointments will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The pharmacy association is stressing people should not be calling pharmacies to book an appointment, but rather use the provincial portal.

The doses will be divided among the two groups, and in total there will be 26 locations across the province, each offering about 300 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Both organizations are currently working with the province to chose the locations.

“Just trying to make sure there’s good representation around the province,” said Allison Bodnar, CEO of  the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia.

The two groups say there has been wide interest among doctors and pharmacies to take part, with Bodnar saying that every pharmacy in the province is willing and ready to take part in the vaccination program.

“We do a lot of immunizations, obviously we do a lot of flu shots in a short amount of time,” said Bodnar.

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“We know how to move people through the environment in a safe and effective way.”

While the timeline will be tight, with less than a month to prepare and just two weeks to administer the vaccines, Bodnar says that’s not a concern.

“We can get a lot of people vaccinated in a short amount of time,” said Bodnar.

“We’ll do our allotted volume in just over a week.”

Doctors across the province say they’re also well equipped to handle this rollout.


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“We saw a lot of community docs be innovative in ways to distribute flu) vaccines with the restrictions of social distance,” said MacQuarrie.

“It’s good that we’ve had that experience already in administering a vaccine in social distancing settings.”

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Given recent recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, which says that the time between doses can be extended from three to 16 weeks, the province is moving away from its approach of holding onto the second dose, and focusing on getting first doses to more people sooner.

However, Strang has said that right now there is no evidence that allows the mixing of vaccines, so whatever vaccine Nova Scotians receive for the first dose will be what they receive for their second dose.

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March 7 COVID-19 update: Two new cases in Nova Scotia – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nova Scotia on Sunday.

Both cases are in the central health zone, with one related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. That person is self-isolating, as required.

The provincial Health Department said the other case is a close contact of a previously reported case.

“Seeing a low number of cases today is encouraging,” Premier Iain Rankin said in a news release. “I want to thank everyone for doing their part to remain vigilant.

“Let’s keep up our efforts and continue to follow the public health measures – wear a mask, wash your hands, keep physical distance, stay home if you are feeling unwell, self-isolate when required and get tested regularly.

Nova Scotia now has 29 active cases of COVID-19. There are two people in hospital, with one of those in intensive care.

On Saturday, Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 3,685 tests, bringing the total since Oct. 1 to 247,189 tests. There have been 570 COVID-19 cases and no deaths since that date.

“We know how easily COVID-19 can spread if we let our guard down,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “It is up to all of us to follow the public health protocols to make sure we limit the spread of the virus.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to be tested for COVID-19, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities.

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