FREDERICTON (GNB) – More than 478,000 New Brunswickers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as the push to offer the first dose to all eligible individuals continues.

Thousands of appointments are available between today and Monday for those who wish to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The full list of locations, including dates and times for walk-in clinics, is available online.

Interested individuals can go to a walk-in clinic or make an appointment online through Vitalité or Horizon Health Network clinics or by contacting a participating pharmacy.

Public Health reported that 69 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have now received a first dose.

“We are very thankful to all New Brunswickers who have stepped up to receive their first dose,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated so we can safely and confidently move forward to the brighter days we know are ahead.”

Path to Green update

The first phase of New Brunswick’s Path to Green is expected to come into effect when at least 75 per cent of New Brunswickers 12 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine; hospitalizations remain low; and all health zones remain at the Yellow alert level. A news conference will be held on Monday, June 7 on the progress made toward starting the path to green.

Questionnaire for residents vaccinated out of province

Residents of New Brunswick who have returned to the province and registered with the New Brunswick Travel Registration program will receive an email from Public Health within the next 24 hours and will be invited to voluntarily complete a questionnaire confirming whether they have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while outside the province. This will support the province’s effort to ensure 75 per cent of people 12 and older have their first dose of the vaccine.

If you have not been contacted, please reach out to your local Public Health office. Contact information can be found online.

Three new cases

Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today.

The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) is an individual 30-39 and is the contact of a previously confirmed case.

The two cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) are as follows:

  • an individual 20-29; and
  • an individual 60-69.

One is a contact of a previous case and the other is travel related.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,265. Since yesterday, 19 have recovered for a total of 2,087 recoveries. There have been 44 deaths, and the number of active cases is 133. Five patients in total are hospitalized. Four patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including one in an intensive care unit. One patient is hospitalized out of province in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 853 tests were conducted for a total of 343,065.

COVID-19 testing in Nackawic

A temporary outdoor, appointment-only COVID-19 testing clinic has been set up in the parking lot of the Nackawic Health Centre in response to recent possible public exposures in the area.  

The testing clinic will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Anyone with symptoms of the virus, as well as anyone who has been at the site of a possible public exposure in the region is urged to request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment. When requesting a test online, please select “Nackawic” as your preferred site. When you are called for an appointment, indicate that you wish to be tested at the temporary site in Nackawic.

Reminder of Yellow level

All zones are in the Yellow level under the province’s mandatory order.