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Nova Scotia expands access to AstraZeneca vaccine, reports 67 new COVID-19 cases

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting 67 new cases of COVID-19 today and 589 active infections.

Fifty-seven cases are in the Halifax area, four are in the western health zone and the eastern and northern zones each have three new cases.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotians between 40 and 54 can book an appointment starting today for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Health officials say they expanded access to that vaccine based on guidance from the federal expert panel on immunization and because of a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections that has led to a provincewide lockdown.

Appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine remain open to people 55 to 64 years old.

Officials say about 195,000 people in the 40-to-54 age group are eligible for a shot at 61 pharmacies and physician offices across the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2021.

The Canadian Press