Rushton: Cumberland South lacking vaccines, testing

As COVID-19 cases spike, Nova Scotians are more eager than ever to get vaccinated. Unfortunately, some regions continue to be left behind.

Cumberland South MLA Tory Rushton says that there are many residents in his constituency who would gladly take the AstraZeneca vaccine, but that no appointments are available.

“With the third wave now upon us and one that spread much easier, Nova Scotians are desperate for any opportunity to get vaccinated,” says Rushton. “If there are unwanted AstraZeneca vaccines in other parts of the province, those within the proper age cohort will gladly take them here.”

During a recent COVID-19 press conference, it was suggested that doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were being stored for the current age cohort as opposed to being open to a broader age range because they didn’t expire until June. Rushton says that if this vaccine was offered to those in his community, they could ensure that these doses are used long before that expiry date.

“Residents of Cumberland South want to do our part and keep our communities safe,” says Rushton. “But in order to do that, we need our share of vaccine and COVID testing.”

“Driving outside of our communities probably isn’t the best way to get vaccinated.”

Pop up testing was originally scheduled for Parrsboro on April 28th, but has since been cancelled. With new Public Health orders not to leave your community, these residents have no opportunity to get tested.

“Our community understands the importance of testing, but we are not being given that opportunity,” says Rushton. “Just like with the possibility of unused vaccines - it appears that we have been left out of the equation.”