More than 53 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers fully vaccinated
FREDERICTON (GNB) – As of today, 53.5 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 79.9 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are making great progress and it is wonderful to see New Brunswickers enjoying somewhat closer to normal activities while experiencing what summer in our province is all about,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “However, COVID-19 variants remain a concern, so we must continue to follow the advice of Public Health and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Each day we are getting closer to our goal of fully vaccinating 75 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers, which will allow us to lift restrictions like wearing a mask indoors and physical distancing in the near future.”
“I want to remind New Brunswickers that it is safe to use either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for your second dose, regardless of which vaccine you received at your first appointment,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Our strategy of using vaccines interchangeably has allowed us to quickly vaccinate more people, protecting us all from the threat of COVID-19.”
All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second dose appointments now for a date that is at least 28 days after their first dose. They are encouraged to book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic.
To receive a second dose, bring a signed consent form, your Medicare card and a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving your first dose.
Appointments for people who have not yet received their first dose continue to be available at regional health authority clinics and through participating pharmacies.
If you have an appointment for a vaccine but were able to get vaccinated sooner elsewhere, please be sure to contact your pharmacy or regional health authority clinic to cancel the appointment you no longer need. This will help ensure that someone else in your community can obtain their vaccination sooner.
Mobile vaccination clinics
The provincial government has launched a series of mobile clinics for those who have not yet received their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Department of Health is working with Extra-Mural/Ambulance New Brunswick and partners from local government and the business community to organize these mobile vaccination clinics. The clinics provide walk-in service. They are intended to bridge gaps in accessibility and convenience.
Clinics are taking place this week at the following locations:
- River Valley Civic Centre, 11 School St., Perth-Andover, Thursday, July 15, between noon and 6 p.m.
- Dorchester Veterans Community Hall, 4955 Main St., Dorchester, Thursday, July 15, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Tobique Lions Community Centre, 61 Everett Ln., Plaster Rock, Friday, July 16, between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Salisbury Baptist Church, 3128 Main St., Salisbury, Friday, July 16, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
People attending a mobile vaccination clinic are asked to bring their Medicare card, a record of vaccination if receiving their second dose and a signed consent form. These clinics will be administering the Moderna vaccine, which can be used safely and effectively as either a first or second dose. Even if you received a different vaccine as your first dose, you can still receive Moderna for your second dose due to the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines.
No new cases
Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 today.
The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,336. Since yesterday, there have been two new recoveries for a total of 2,287 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is two. No one is hospitalized in New Brunswick. Since yesterday, 693 tests were conducted for a total of 370,735.
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