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.
NSHEALTH Updates on Restrictions
NSHEALTH COVID-19 Research and Learning Opportunities
Includes recommendations for health care providers based on constantly changing ongoing research
Special Bulletin from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health related to the COVID-19 Immunization Program and Covid-19 testing
Attached a COVID-19 vaccine educational resource for health care providers developed by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The COVID-19 Vaccine Program- Information for Health Care Professionals evergreen document is also available online at: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/cdpc/info-for-professionals.asp and by accessing the ‘Immunization’ tab.
COVID-19 Immunization: Community Health Care (Private Practicing) Professionals
Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 immunization plan is ongoing and iterative. The three phase approach to immunization is based on national recommendations, local epidemiology, vaccine supply and age—with age being the most significant risk factor related to adverse outcomes with COVID-19.
With respect to community health care (private practicing) providers, Phase 2 expanded eligibility to the following professions only: community healthcare providers who provide in-person patient care limited to medical doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, denturists, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians (who are currently licensed to practice), as well as dental assistants and continuing care assistants, starting with 60 and older age group and proceeding through the groups by age.
All other community health care (private practicing) professionals not listed above can expect to be included in Phase 3, which focuses on all Nova Scotians who did not receive the vaccine in earlier phases. The government anticipates that all Nova Scotians who want a COVID-19 vaccine will have received their first dose by the end of June 2021.
Should you have received a link to the Nova Scotia Health registration site but are not eligible for Phase 1 or Phase 2 immunization, we ask that you do not register at this time. Nova Scotia Health is not processing any pre-registrations at this time.
For regular updates on Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/
Update: Nova Scotia COVID-19 Vaccine Program - Info for HCPs 20210309
Please find attached the following updated document, Nova Scotia COVID-19 Vaccine Program – Information for Health Care Professionals – April 1, 2021. This evergreen document is also available at:https://novascotia.ca/dhw/cdpc/info-for-professionals.asp (Immunization tab).
New information/notable updates include:
Pausing the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults younger than 55 years of age (NACI rapid response document) *new*
Information regarding AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) new
Link to the Ontario Science Advisory Table’s clinical guidance document: Vaccine-Induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) Following AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccination *new*
Appendix 1 – Guidance for Health Care Providers - to provide informed consent for COVID-19 vaccination in special populations (e.g. immunocompromised persons and persons with underlying autoimmune diseases) *update*
Additionally, the evergreen Important Information Handout for individuals receiving the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine has been updated.
COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine
Special Bulletin from the Office of the Chief Medical Office of Nova Scotia
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Webinar for Health Care Providers
Previous Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 vaccine webinars can be found at Canada.ca:
Date Posted: April 29, 2021