FREDERICTON (GNB) - As of today, 65.4 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 81.7 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Access to vaccines has never been easier in the province. If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are encouraged to go to a mobile or walk-in clinic or to book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic.

All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second dose appointments now for a date that is at least 28 days after their first 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.

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.

“As we are days away from going fully green, getting vaccinated should continue to be a priority,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Thousands of first and second dose Pfizer and Moderna appointments are available across the province. If you are eligible and have not made an appointment, please do so as soon as possible. By getting vaccinated, you are helping to protect yourself, your family and friends. You are also doing your part to keep our health-care system from becoming overwhelmed.”

Mobile vaccination clinics

The provincial government has organized a series of mobile walk-in clinics for those who have not yet received their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Clinics are taking place today and this week at the following locations:

  • Juniper Recreation Centre, 6840 Route 107, Juniper, today, 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 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.

Two new cases

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

The two cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • an individual 30-39; and
  • an individual 50-59.

One case is travel-related and the other one is under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,354. Since yesterday, there has been one new recovery for a total of 2,299 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is eight. No one is hospitalized in New Brunswick. Since yesterday, 597 tests were conducted for a total of 379,119.

COVID-19 updates when province enters Green phase

News releases regarding COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates will no longer be regularly posted on weekdays, except as required due to developments. However, updates on the number of cases, vaccination rates and certain other information will continue to be available Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, on the COVID-19 dashboard.

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.

Living with COVID-19, a resource providing an overview of ways protective health measures can be incorporated to help protect individuals, businesses, organizations and communities, is available online.