FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 today, as vaccination levels continue to rise.

The six cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • an individual 19 and under;
  • an individual 20-29; and
  • four people 30-39.

The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) is an individual 60-69.

All of today’s cases are related to travel.

“This sudden increase in cases shows us that we are not yet finished with COVID-19,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “That is why it is so important that New Brunswickers protect themselves and everyone around them from serious illness by getting fully vaccinated as soon as possible.”

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,343. Since yesterday, there has been one new recovery for a total of 2,288 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is eight. No one is hospitalized in New Brunswick. Since yesterday, 758 tests were conducted for a total of 371,493.

Vaccination rates climb

As of today, 55 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 80.1 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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, today, Thursday, July 15, between noon and 6 p.m.
  • Dorchester Veterans Community Hall, 4955 Main St., Dorchester, today, 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.

AstraZeneca clinics

If you received AstraZeneca for your first dose of the vaccine and would like to receive AstraZeneca as a second dose with informed consent, please note that appointments are now available through Horizon and Vitalité health authority clinics for the next two weeks.

If you are 55 and older, you can book an appointment online. If you are under the age of 55 you will need to register by calling 1-833-437-1424.

Appointments can be booked for clinics on the following dates and locations:

  • Friday, July 16 in Bathurst;
  • Tuesday, July 20 in Miramichi and Campbellton;
  • Thursday, July 22 in Fredericton;
  • Friday, July 23 in Moncton and Bathurst;
  • Monday, July 26 in Edmundston, Grand Falls and Saint-Quentin; and
  • Wednesday, July 28 in Saint John.

Reminder of Yellow level

All zones are in the Yellow level under the province’s mandatory order. New Brunswick is in Phase 2 on the path to Green.