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COVID-19 Information for the Public, MIRTPs and Others

As Nova Scotia’s MIRTP regulator, our mandate is to protect the public by supporting MIRTPs to provide safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care. We recognize the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and we are taking steps to maintain the health and safety of our staff, guests and the public. 

The NSCMIRTP's aligns office restrictions with the Nova Scotia Public Health COVID-19 restrictions. Staff are currently working a hybrid model of 50% office and 50% virtually and are available by email and phone. To meet in person please arrange an appointment in advance. Stakeholders should not experience any disruption in service. Please email info@nscmirtp.ca or call 902-832-3167 to contact a member of staff.

Immunizations have a significant and positive impact on the health of our population. Widespread vaccination shortens the duration of disease outbreaks, maintains public safety, reduces the burden on the health care system and keeps health care providers safe to care for clients in need. The NSCMIRTP recommends that MIRTPs be vaccinated against COVID-19 and encourages MIRTPs to use current science-based sources and their knowledge, and ethical frameworks as the foundation for their decision. NSCMIRTP also recommends that any decision to require MIRTPs to be vaccinated should be made by MIRTPs and employers in consideration of the practice context.

Scroll down this page for information and tools to support you during the pandemic:

As part of our collaborative efforts, we have been sharing information from our provincial and federal government partners related to the COVID-19 vaccine and other pandemic information. However, please be aware that NSCMIRTP is not responsible for matters related to vaccine certification, education, hiring/employment, or non-regulatory communications. If you have any questions about the COVID vaccine program, please reach out to the Department of Health & Wellness at covid19info@novascotia.ca. If you have any questions about licensing, professional practice, or any other area of our mandate, please let us know.

We continue to operate within our mandate to issue licenses to qualified MIRTPs in Nova Scotia, set the practice standards, support MIRTPs to uphold the standards, approve MIRTP education programs, enhance the continuing competence of MIRTPs, and address complaints received about MIRTP practice.  

For the most current information on the virus, visit:

  1. Please find attached the following updated document, Nova Scotia COVID-19 Vaccine Program – Information for Health Care Professionals – May 9, 2022. 

    This evergreen document is also available at: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/cdpc/info-for-professionals.asp (Immunization tab). The updated version will be available at this link shortly.

     New information/notable updates include:

    • All provincial AstraZeneca has expired and no re-supply expected; AstraZeneca information retained to manage any post-administration response *updated*

    • Guidance on choice of mRNA vaccines in immunocompromised children and adolescents *new*

      • Please note that system changes to allow booking of Moderna for immunocompromised individuals aged 6-17 have not yet taken place, but guidance has been updated in anticipation of these changes.

    • First booster dose eligibility, safety, and dosage and product considerations *updated*

    • Second booster dose eligibility, safety, and dosage and product considerations *new*

    • Duration of protection following immunization *new*

    • Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome/Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia *updated*

    • Venous thromboembolism following viral vector vaccination *new*

    • Immune thrombocytopenia following viral vector vaccination *new*

    • Transverse myelitis following Janssen COVID-19 vaccination *new*

    • COVID-19 Vaccine Summary Recommendations for Use in Nova Scotia tables for non-immunocompromised and moderately to severely immunocompromised *new*

      • Please note that these tables consolidate information previously captured by Tables 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 for ease of use given recent expanded eligibility within Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 vaccine program. Separate stables continue to capture storage and handling requirements for the various COVID-19 vaccine products available for use in Nova Scotia.

  2. Government of Nova Scotia News Release

  3. Government of Nova Scotia on COVID-19 

  4. Government of Canada on COVID-19  

  5. PHAC Guidelines for Workplaces and Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

  6. PHAC Recommendations for those vaccinated with vaccines not authorized by Health Canada for those staying in Canada to live, work or study

  7. NACI Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines and Summary of the updated vaccine statement

  8. NACI Rapid Response: Interchangeability of authorized COVID-19 vaccines and Summary of the rapid response.

  9. NSHEALTH Updates

    1. Vaccine information

  10. NSHEALTH COVID-19 Research and Learning Opportunities

    Includes  recommendations for health care providers based on constantly changing ongoing research

    https://library.nshealth.ca/COVID19Research/Home 

  11. COVID-19 Testing

    Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.

    Book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.

    Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.

  12. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Webinar for Health Care Providers Presents : COVID-19 Variants and Vaccines

    The Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 vaccine webinars can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/training.html#a2

    @ the National Collaboration Centre for Infectious Diseases : https://nccid.ca/phac-webinars-on-covid-19-vaccines/

    @ CANVax: https://canvax.ca/

Date Posted: May 11, 2022