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Province looks to break down vaccine hesitancy among Nova Scotians

According a polling, roughly 20 to 30 percent of Nova Scotians who are eligible for the vaccine say they do not plan on getting it
UpdateMarch23-4
Dr. Robert Strang at a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Nova Scotia's top doctor says officials will work on breaking down vaccine hesitancy among residents as the province continues its COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

On Tuesday, the province provided an update on its vaccine plan, saying it will be able to administer 86,000 doses every week by mid-May when vaccine clinics are running at capacity.

According to polling, roughly 20 to 30 percent of Nova Scotians who are eligible for the vaccine say they do not plan on getting it.

Speaking at Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Robert Strang said accessibility is a key piece in breaking down vaccine hesitancy.

"There are groups of people, whether it's with disabilities or people who are homebound, that we need to make sure that we include them in toward the end of our strategy," said the chief medical officer of health. "So we're doing things around community transportation, looking at bringing vaccine into community workshops for adults with disabilities, and ultimately having kind of a home care model where vaccines are brought to people."

He said the target is to get a minimum of 70 per cent of Nova Scotians vaccinated against COVID-19.


 



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