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Nova Scotia opens vaccinations to 50-to-54 age group amid COVID-19 outbreak

HALIFAX — Nova Scotians aged 50 and older can book appointments today for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Health officials say about 67,625 people are eligible for shots in the 50-to-54 age group.

Officials say appointments open Tuesday for the province’s first drive-thru vaccination clinic beginning May 10 at the Dartmouth General Hospital, in Dartmouth, N.S.

A provincewide lockdown is in place until at least May 12 because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials reported 148 cases on Saturday and 133 cases Sunday as the Nova Scotia Health lab worked through a backlog of 45,000 unprocessed tests.

The lab completed 16,578 tests on Friday and 15,832 tests on Saturday. As of Sunday, Nova Scotia had 822 active reported cases of COVID-19. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2021.

The Canadian Press