Vaccines help protect you and the people around you. The more people immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. This will save lives and lead to the lifting of restrictions. Learn more about the status of vaccines in New Brunswick, our vaccine rollout plan and get information about approved vaccines.
Vaccine supply is distributed by the Government of Canada. New Brunswick receives an allocated number of doses of vaccine on a regular basis. Allocations are expected to increase throughout 2021, but our vaccine supply is arriving gradually.
With a recent increase in vaccine allotment, we will be using all vaccine available as a first dose by Canada Day, July 1, 2021 which will significantly improve protection for every New Brunswicker.
We are taking this approach following approval of additional vaccines, confirmation of more doses coming to Canada and new guidance on dose intervals indicating the second dose can be delayed to four months.
Timelines for this plan could be impacted and may change based on vaccine availability.
- First Nations (16 and older) now eligible through Horizon and Vitalité clinics
- Workers who regularly travel across the border, including regular commuters, truckers and rotational workers now eligible through pharmacyor through Horizon and Vitalité clinics
- Health-care workers and health system staff (regulated allied health care professional) now eligible through Horizon and Vitalité clinics
- Individuals with complex medical conditions now eligible through Horizon and Vitalité clinics
- First responders, including: now eligible through Horizon and Vitalité clinics
- Police Officers
- Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
- Wildfire management
- Emergency Management Operations / Regional Emergency Management Operations
- WorkSafeNB Inspectors
- Public Health Inspectors
Appointments are now available for people 55 and older at upcoming AstraZeneca vaccine clinics organized by Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network. Eligible individuals may register online at www.gnb.ca/bookavaccine or by calling 1-833-437-1424. Some pharmacies have already filled vacancies for available appointments. Please check a pharmacy’s website and their social media channels prior to calling.
Future groups for April/May - Not yet eligible
- Individuals aged 40 or older with three or more select chronic conditions can now book an appointment for April through Horizon and Vitalité clinics
(Please note this category has been expanded to include anyone over the age of 40 who meets the criteria).
- Ages: Not yet eligible
- 65 to 69
- 60 to 64
- Residents & staff of communal settings Not yet eligible
- Individuals who are housebound / unable to travel Not yet eligible
June - Not yet eligible
- Ages: Not yet eligible
- 50 to 59
- 40 to 49
- 30 to 39
- 20 to 29
- 16 to 19
Vaccines work with your immune system, so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The COVID-19 vaccine can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.
The more people in our communities immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. This is why widespread vaccination is the best option to help protect you and the people around you, especially those at increased risk for severe illness. This will save lives and lead to the lifting of restrictions. Once our vaccine supply is continuous and in large enough quantities, information will be provided on how you can register to receive the vaccine.
Health Canada has a thorough approval process. A vaccine is only approved after an independent and thorough scientific review for safety, effectiveness and quality. In addition to the work being done in Canada, COVID-19 vaccines are being approved through separate but equally rigorous processes in other countries. New Brunswick and the other provinces and territories are also monitoring vaccine safety on an ongoing basis.
Approved COVID-19 vaccines
To date, the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines have been approved for use by Health Canada. These vaccines are safe, effective and will save lives.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are mRNA vaccines.
An mRNA vaccine teaches your cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response to the virus and create antibodies. These antibodies help you fight the infection if the real virus does enter your body in the future.
AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD is a viral vector-based vaccine.
This “vector” virus is not the virus that causes COVID-19. The vector virus contained within the vaccine produces the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. This protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. This protein will not make you sick. It does its job and goes away. Through this process, the body is able to build a strong immune response against the spike protein without exposing you to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines:
We’re working closely with a range of partners and stakeholders to make sure the widest possible range of needs, perspectives, concerns and advice are considered throughout the process. This includes:
- Government of Canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Horizon Health Network
- Vitalité Health Network
- Canadian Forces
- Regional Health Authorities
- New Brunswick Medical Society
- Nurses Association of New Brunswick
- New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association
- New Brunswick College of Pharmacists
Pregnant and breastfeeding
- Know the facts about COVID-19
- Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Progress
- COVID-19 mRNA vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna
- Viral vector-based vaccines for COVID-19: AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
- Regulating vaccines for human use in Canada
- What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada
- Vaccine development and approval in Canada