Nova Scotia's top doctor says the temporary slow down in Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipments will not impact those who have already received their first shot.
Last week, the Trudeau government said it would be diverting COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Canada's northern territories.
Speaking at last Friday's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Robert Strang said he understands people may be concerned, but adds he understands the federal government's rationale.
"It is to address the complexities and unique challenges in our northern neighbours," he said. "To do that, they need the support and co-operation of all provinces."
Strang said the province's shipment of Moderna will be reduced from 5,900 doses to 3,000 doses this week, as a result.
He said the Moderna vaccine is used in long term care homes, adding he knows it will slow down the vaccine rollout in these facilities.
But according to Strang, it will not impact the administration of second doses when people become eligible.