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COVID-19 Information for Health Care Providers

  1. Reminder to health care providers re access to care form Department of Health and Wellness
    As part of our continuing communication regarding the implementation and application of the Chief Medical Officer of Health's Order under the Public Health Act, I am writing to request that you provide a reminder to your registrants about exemptions to the requirement for self-isolation under the Order.

    People who need to travel for certain types of work, for essential medical services or to attend a legal proceeding in Nova Scotia are exempt from the self-isolation requirement but they must follow the conditions in the COVID-19 Protocol for Exempt Travelers. This includes military members, first responders, long-haul truck drivers, and others.

    Recognizing the frequency and nature of travel between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, there is a COVID-19 Protocol for Nova Scotia-New Brunswick Travel in place that exempts people from self-isolation when they make certain types of trips and follow the conditions in the protocol.

    People who need to travel for child custody reasons must follow the COVID-19 Protocol for Self-Isolation Related to Child Custody. There are different requirements for people who are visiting versus people who are simply dropping off/picking up children. 

    Because rotational workers face the hardship of isolating every time they return home, they are afforded a modified form of self-isolation. They are allowed to attend both routine and urgent medical appointments. See Section 2.4 of the COVID-19 Protocol for Rotational Workers for more information.

    All of these people are allowed to seek services from regulated health professions. However, we routinely hear that they are being denied service if they have been outside the province or region. We ask that you please remind your registrants that there is no reason to deny service to these people.

    We appreciate your continued support of the public health measures in place to help protect everyone from COVID-19.

  2.  NSHEALTH Updates

    1. Vaccine information

  3. NSHEALTH COVID-19 Research and Learning Opportunities

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

  4. 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.
    Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

    Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

  5. 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:

    @ the National Collaboration Centre for Infectious Diseases :

    @ CANVax:

  6. Nova Scotia Vaccination Plan

    From the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health 

    Please find attached the following updated document, Nova Scotia COVID-19 Vaccine Program – Information for Health Care Professionals – July 9, 2021. 

     This evergreen document is also available at: (Immunization tab).

     New information/notable updates include:

    • Myocarditis/pericarditis and COVID-19 mRNA vaccines *update*

    • Capillary leak syndrome as a contraindication for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine *new*

    • Use of the Sol-Guard safety syringe to activate the safety mechanism with cap protection *new*

     The Moderna/Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine consent form has been revised.  Changes have been applied within the CanImmunize application.  This consent form is available via the NSHA COVID-19 Hub:

     A one-page Important Information about Myocarditis and Pericarditis for Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines sheet has been developed and is available at:

     The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Information and After Care Sheet has been updated and is available at:


Date Posted: July 29, 2021