FREDERICTON (GNB) – The number of eligible New Brunswickers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to climb, surpassing 70 per cent. As of today, 70.2 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 83 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are asked to go to a walk-in clinic or to book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic as soon as possible.

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, 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.

Vaccination update by zone

Vaccination rates vary across the province. As of today, there is a gap of about five per cent between the health zones with the lowest and highest vaccination rates.

Here is the breakdown of fully vaccinated individuals aged 12 and over:

  • Zone 1 (Moncton region): 71.7 per cent
  • Zone 2 (Saint John region): 70.3 per cent
  • Zone 3 (Fredericton region): 68.7 per cent
  • Zone 4 (Edmundston region): 67.0 per cent
  • Zone 5 (Campbellton region): 68.0 per cent
  • Zone 6 (Bathurst region): 71.2 per cent
  • Zone 7 (Miramichi region): 70.2 per cent

“The breakdown of vaccination rates by zone is something we have been asked recently by those curious about how different areas are doing,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “The difference between zones is not a lot but, throughout the vaccination campaign, that kind of data has helped Public Health determine if there are areas that may require extra pushes to help people get vaccinated in a timely manner. Obviously, we want to see all areas with as high a vaccination rate as possible.”

13 new cases

Public Health reported a total of 13 new cases of COVID-19 today. All but one case are individuals 20-29.

The 11 cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • 10 people 20-29: and
  • an individual 30-39

Of these 11 cases, nine are contacts of previously confirmed cases and two are under investigation.

The two cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are people aged 20-29.

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

There are still no hospitalizations in New Brunswick due to COVID-19.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,460. There have been six recoveries since Tuesday for a total of 2,342 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 71. A total of 949 tests were conducted Tuesday for a total of 389,264.

Potential public exposures

Anyone with symptoms of the virus, as well as anyone who has been at the site of a possible public exposure is urged to request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment.