Premier-designate Tim Houston releases back-to-school plan for 2021-22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA

Premier-designate Tim Houston releases back-to-school plan for 2021-22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA

today before we begin allow me to introduce premier designate mr tim houston and dr i can’t tell you how pleased i am to be sitting here today with uh with dr strang i have to say i i saw a cartoon let’s be here with you i will say one thing that was very clear campaigning around the province is that nova scotians are overwhelmingly proud of our coveted response like everyone we’re all we’re all exhausted by covid uh but nova scotians are very thank you and the entire team at public health uh we we appreciate the work you’ve done to some of this pandemic is is a priority would work with dr strang and his team at public health to make common sense decisions focused on keeping nova scotians safe and i meant it i’ve had some good conversations with dr strang over the past few keeping a close eye on covet 19 activity in the province and dr strang will talk in more detail today about what he’s seeing but most cases that we’re seeing in this province are related to travel with the tension towards a further reopening of our province so as we do we’ll continue to follow the advice of public health experts of course their first shot and the 70 of nova scotians who are now fully vaccinated out so i want to remind them that tissue is fully vaccinated along with low covet activity so to reach this target more quickly ones who have not yet gotten their first dose to take that step to protect themselves to protect their family to protect others right now we expect to be at five percent target by by the middle of september or maybe even sooner that’s why today we’re setting september 50 percent of the population fully vaccinated if we hit the target sooner we’ll work with public health to change the date accordingly i know everyone is asking what does phase 5 mean and quite simply it means no restrictions we’ll continue to have appropriate border measures and isolation for travelers who are not fully vaccinated because nova scotia so dr strang is today right however if you’re not have to quarantine on re-entry or entry into nova scotia and that will be a week of quarantine and testing if you’ve had one dose even smaller number of people when you consider that there will be protocols in place for health care and other workers for students for quick drop-offs and quick ups uh in ins and outs to name just a few turning to some semblance of normal means the return to school so with just a few weeks left for summer vacation for starts for students on september 7th since we likely will not be in phase 5 and transition for students teachers and staff lessons learned like more enhanced cleaning will will of course continue but i’ll turn it over to dr strang to provide more details and context of both phase five and the upcoming school year dr strang thank you and uh good afternoon every september the fourth wave has arrived in many parts of the world when case numbers are rising either of our cases are related to travel or or close contact nova scotia too we should expect to see increasing case numbers and even localized outbreaks largely in unvaccinated groups the key impact a fourth wave will have on people our health care system and our economy we are in good shape but we aren’t where we need to be yet about 70 of nova scotians are fully vaccinated and we are leading the country with our vaccination our target to move into phase 5 is 75 percent of all nova scotians with two doses of vaccine but not close enough we need everyone who had their first dose to get their second dose as soon as possible dose now every ten thousand people who does moves us one percentage point closer to our target and they also want to reiterate that it’s never see vaccine now is the time if not to protect your own health then to protect those who can’t get vaccinated like children under 12. and i do want them cited to provide third doses of vaccine for people who are immune compromised the national advisory committee and immunization are expert to hear from them there’s also been a lot of talk about vaccine policies some organizations are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated and some governments are granting access to certain services and activities based on vaccination status throughout this pandemic nova scotians have done what is needed to protect themselves doing the right thing if you can get vaccinated please do it it’s safe and effective and will protect your responsibility to protect those around you so we are watching our vaccine rates in epidemiology nova scotian safe as the premier noted we are now targeting september 15th for the final phase of our reopening plan by then we while our border policy will likely remain in place through the fall most other restrictions like gathering limits masks and physical distancing will be vaccinated the policy will not change for travelers coming from also expanding it to include new brunswicks
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Premier-designate Tim Houston releases back-to-school plan for 2021-22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA

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