Nova Scotia lifts health protection order and COVID vaccine requirements

Just as we were about to publish today’s Morning File, the province issued a news release saying it is no longer going to treat COVID-19 any differently from other respiratory illnesses.

The release says:

Effective today, Nova Scotia has lifted the Health Protection Act Order, the mandatory vaccination protocol for high-risk settings and the directive around COVID-19 management in long-term care facilities.

Employers and operators of high-risk settings will be responsible for policies about COVID-19, including masking and whether employees, outside service providers and volunteers need to be vaccinated. Employees and others who have questions about an organization’s vaccine policy should contact the organization directly…

On Thursday, May 25, the weekly COVID-19 dashboard will be updated for the last time.

Monthly COVID reports will end in October, when the data will be folded into a public health report called Respiratory Watch.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang is

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