FREDERICTON (GNB) - As of today, 64.4 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 81.5 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.

“Your risk of contracting COVID-19, and of being severely ill as a result, is much higher if you have not been vaccinated, or if you have only received one dose,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.”Act today to receive your first or your second dose.”

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. Access to vaccines has never been easier in the province. If you have not had your first or second dose yet, go to a mobile or walk-in clinic or make an appointment as soon as possible.

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 today and this week at the following locations:

  • Village Hall, 199 Main St., Canterbury, today, between noon and 5 p.m.
  • Triple C Recreation Centre, 817 Rockland Rd., Rockland, Tuesday, July 27, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Juniper Recreation Centre, 6840 Route 107, Juniper, Wednesday, July 28, between noon and 4 p.m.
  • Recreation Centre, 160 Klokkedahl Hill Rd., New Denmark, Thursday, July 29, between noon and 5 p.m.
  • Saint-Paul Golden Age Club, 6532 Route 515, Saint-Paul, Thursday, July 29, between noon and 6 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus Hall, 22 Hallett Rd., Beechwood, Friday, July 30, between 11 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. A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.

One new case

Public Health reported one case of COVID-19 today.

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

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,351. Since yesterday, there has been one new recovery for a total of 2,298 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is six. No one is hospitalized in New Brunswick. Since yesterday, 378 tests were conducted for a total of 377,846.

Province to go Green on July 30 at 11:59 p.m.

The province’s mandatory order will not be renewed on July 30 at 11:59 p.m., which will remove all restrictions in the province as it goes to Green.

The end of the mandatory order will:

  • Lift all mandatory travel and public health restrictions that have been in place over the course of the pandemic.
  • Lift all provincial border restrictions; provincial border checks will cease, and registration will no longer be required to enter New Brunswick from anywhere in Canada.
  • Lift all limits on gatherings and the number of people within facilities. Capacity limits in theatres, restaurants and stores will no longer be required.
  • End the requirement to wear face masks in public.

It is important to note that federal border restrictions will remain in effect.

While mandatory restrictions will cease, some facilities and businesses may choose to maintain their own policies on protective health measures. All employers and employees must adhere to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which explains duties and obligations related to the transmission of communicable diseases.