NS Reports Two New Cases of COVID-19; warns of the side effects of the vaccine
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia reports two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, as it touts its vaccination efforts in the province where nearly 56% of people are fully vaccinated.
Public health is also reporting a new recovery bringing the number of active cases to 12.
Both cases are in the central area where one is linked to close contact with a previously reported case. The other is related to travel and is linked to the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Halifax.
SIDE EFFECTS OF VACCINE
Province is warning Nova Scotians of a rare reaction to an mRNA vaccine called myocarditis and pericarditis, which has been reported in Canada, including Nova Scotia.
Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis is inflammation of the outer wall of the heart.
Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, or a feeling of fast or abnormal heartbeat.
There have been 22 reported cases in Nova Scotia. Although most cases required hospitalization, they were relatively mild and individuals tended to recover quickly with conservative treatment and rest.
“It is important that Nova Scotians understand both the benefits and the potential risks associated with any vaccine in order to make an informed decision about vaccination,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. Scotland, in a statement.
“For Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the benefits of getting the vaccine far outweigh the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis.”
These reactions mainly occur in people under 30 years of age within a week after vaccination. It also appears to be more common in men after the second dose.
Public health is urging everyone eligible for their second dose to increase their appointment so the province can meet its minimum target of 75% of the fully vaccinated population and move to the next phase of reopening by the end of August.
“Our collective efforts throughout the pandemic to track restrictions and get tested have helped limit COVID-19 activity in the province, but we can’t stop there,” Strang said.
“We now need everyone who can to get two doses of the vaccine as soon as possible to add another stronger layer of protection against the virus and its variants.”
There were 4,195 cases of COVID-19 from March 15 to July 21, 2021. Among these:
27 (0.6%) were fully vaccinated
233 (5.6%) were partially vaccinated
3,935 (93.8%) were not vaccinated
There were 254 people hospitalized. From these:
2 (0.8%) were fully vaccinated
28 (11%) were partially vaccinated
224 (88.2%) were not vaccinated
Twenty-six people have died. From these:
1 (3.8%) was fully vaccinated
3 (11.5%) were partially vaccinated
22 (84.6%) were not vaccinated
Between July 16 and 22, 3,517 tests were administered at rapid test sites in Halifax, Dartmouth, Cole Harbor, Bedford and Sydney.
On July 22, the Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 2,821 tests.
As of July 22, 1,271,948 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of these, 541,389 Nova Scotians received their second dose.