FREDERICTON (GNB) – More than 12,000 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered to New Brunswickers on Wednesday, June 23.

Over the past seven days, nearly 72,000 first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the province, and more than 91,000 people have booked appointments for a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic. This does not account for those who have booked appointments through a pharmacy.

Currently, 23.3 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated. The number of first doses administered also continues to increase. To date, 76.7 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers have received their first dose.

All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second dose appointments if at least 28 days has passed since their first dose.

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

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 you received Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech for your first dose, 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.

Most health network clinics taking place this week will offer the Moderna vaccine. An anticipated shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been delayed and will not arrive in New Brunswick this week as expected. This delay will not impact second dose clinics.

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 can rest assured that the vaccine provides protection against infection, severe disease and hospitalization.

Two new cases

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

The one case in Zone 1 (Moncton region) is an individual 40-49. This case is under investigation.

The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) is an individual 70-79. This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,322. Since yesterday, five people have recovered for a total of 2,236 recoveries. There have been 45 deaths, and the number of active cases is 40. Six patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 608 tests were conducted for a total of 359,298.

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.