Nova Scotia offers third doses of vaccine for work-related travel

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HALIFAX — The Government of Nova Scotia is offering third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to certain travelers and people with compromised immune systems.

In an Oct. 14 press release, the government said it is making third doses available to people who must travel to work to meet entry requirements or avoid isolation in a country that does not recognize mixed doses. For example, the first dose of AstraZeneca and the second dose of Pfizer.

“The decision by some countries not to recognize mixed doses has created financial hardship for people whose jobs require them to travel,” the province said.

To become eligible for a third dose for business travel, people must:

  • Be a resident of Nova Scotia;
  • Provide an official copy of proof of vaccination for each of the two doses received;
  • Provide written confirmation from their employer that they are required to travel to a country as part of their work and that that country does not accept a series of mixed vaccines;
  • Provide official confirmation or documents from the country or place of travel indicating that a mixed vaccine series does not allow entry or requires entry isolation.

Since October 19, the province has also made third-dose vaccines available to people “moderately to severely immunocompromised” or who are taking drugs that significantly weaken their immune system.

To make an appointment, patients must meet the definition of moderately to severely immunocompromised. Immunization clinics will also review the information to make sure it meets the definition or is taking one of the eligible drugs.

For more information on who is eligible or for booking instructions, visit the provincial government’s Covid-19 online portal.

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