FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are being encouraged to book an appointment for their second dose through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic.

Everyone who received their first dose before May 15 can now book an appointment for their second dose. On Monday, June 21, eligibility for second dose appointments will be extended to everyone, if at least 28 days has passed since their first dose.

Currently, 76.1 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 17.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

To receive their second dose, New Brunswickers are asked to bring a signed consent form, their Medicare card and a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving their first dose. If possible, residents are asked to book an appointment at the same pharmacy or clinic at which they received their first dose.

Appointments for people who have not yet received their first dose continue to be available to all New Brunswickers aged 12 and older at regional health authority clinics and through participating pharmacies.

If you received Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, you can book an appointment for either vaccine for your second dose. They work the same way and have similar levels of safety and effectiveness.

If you received the AstraZeneca vaccine for your first dose and are under the age of 55, it is recommended that you receive an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) as your second dose, unless informed otherwise. If you are 55 or older, you can receive a second dose of AstraZeneca or of an mRNA vaccine.

People who have received two doses of AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine can rest assured that the vaccine provides protection against infection, severe disease and hospitalization.

Five new cases

Public Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 today.

The two cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • two people 40-49.

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

The three cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • an individual 19 and under;
  • an individual 30-39; and
  • an individual 90 and over.

All three cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,316. Since yesterday, four people have recovered for a total of 2,215 recoveries. There have been 45 deaths, and the number of active cases is 55. Six patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 708 tests were conducted for a total of 356,429.

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.