Liberals call for Houston government to ramp up vaccine rollout

Liberals call for Houston government to ramp up vaccine rollout

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the province, the Nova Scotia Liberal Party is once again calling on the Houston government to ramp up the vaccine rollout for booster shots and children aged 5-11.

Nova Scotians proudly, and quickly, rolled up their sleeves to receive their primary series of the vaccine earlier this year. Now, as Nova Scotians eagerly await their booster shot or to vaccinate their children, appointments are hard to come by.

“The vaccine rollout earlier this year was so efficient because the government called on a wide variety of resources to help,” says Liberal Leader Iain Rankin. “The Houston government needs to re-visit the idea of school-based vaccination clinics and call on the military, retired healthcare workers and students to get shots in arms as quickly as possible.”

Nova Scotia remains one of three provinces in the country who have not offered booster shots to individuals who are 18 and older.

Additionally, the current vaccination rate amongst children is only 55 per cent — well behind the Houston government’s goal of 80 per cent by Christmas. With one of the largest number of cases per capita, the Houston government needs to pull all the stops to get shots in the arms of Nova Scotians as quickly as possible.