FREDERICTON (GNB) – As of today, 43.5 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 78.7 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are getting closer to our next target of fully vaccinating 75 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “Once we reach that goal, we will lift the mandatory order and remove all government-enforced restrictions, including the requirement to wear a mask. At that time, it will be up to businesses and individuals to choose whether they want to return immediately to pre-pandemic operations, or if they prefer to transition more gradually.”

“It is clear that vaccines are working and making a real difference,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “In June, of the 121 cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick, only five occurred in people who were fully vaccinated. Additionally, over the past month, no New Brunswicker who was fully vaccinated has been admitted to a hospital or has died due to COVID-19. While we will continue to see new cases, we expect that fewer of these will lead to serious illness, hospitalization and death. Hope is growing with each passing day.”

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

Long-term care facilities

The Department of Social Development is currently working with Public Health to develop specific guidelines and recommendations for long-term care facilities once 75 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated and the province is able to move to the Green level. Restrictions will remain in place in these facilities for two weeks after the mandatory order is lifted to protect the well-being and safety of vulnerable residents.

Copies of immunization records available

New Brunswickers who have lost their immunization record may request a new copy by either contacting the pharmacy where they were vaccinated, or by contacting their local Public Health office if they were vaccinated at a regional health authority clinic. A request to replace a lost record may take several days to process.

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 will provide walk-in service. They are intended to bridge gaps in accessibility and convenience.

Clinics are taking place this week at the following locations:

  • Saint Andrews Town Hall parking lot, 212 Water St., Saint Andrews, on Thursday, July 8, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Bowlarama, 2020 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst, on Thursday, July 8 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Fundy Arena, 6 Arena St., Blacks Harbour, on Friday, July 9 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Bowlarama, 476 Gauvin Rd., Dieppe, on Saturday, July 10 between 11 a.m. and 6 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.

No new cases

Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 today.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,336. Since yesterday, there have been five new recoveries for a total of 2,279 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 10. Two patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick. Since yesterday, 565 tests were conducted for a total of 366,232.

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.