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Travellers coming to Nova Scotia still must quarantine even if fully vaccinated

Dr. Robert Strang made the comments at Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing along side Premier Stephen McNeil
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Nova Scotia's top doctor says people coming to the province outside of P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador will still need to quarantine for 14-days even if they're fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Dr. Robert Strang made the comments at Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing along side Premier Stephen McNeil.

Health Canada has approved both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and the efficacy rates for both are roughly 95 per cent against symptomatic illness.

But our chief medical officer of health said researchers still haven't determined if the vaccine will prevent transmission of the virus.

"What we don't know yet from vaccine trials, and we will get this over time, is whether vaccinations will stop people from getting asymptomatic infection," said Strang. "There's no guarantee yet that even if you're vaccinated, you couldn't be somebody who asymptomatically spreading the virus."

Strang says, because of that, even if a person is fully vaccinated, they must continue to adhere to public health protocols including a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

On Tuesday, the Trudeau government announced it has secured an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.



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