FREDERICTON (GNB) – The province has recently experienced a rise in vaccination bookings, with the average number of weekly appointments increasing from about 6,000 to 8,000 at health network clinics and participating pharmacies.

“This increase and the fact that hospitalizations are low are encouraging signs,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “As we head into the fall, I am hopeful that even more New Brunswickers will choose to get vaccinated. We know this is the best tool we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”

Four people who are impacted by the virus are in hospital today.

“If you are not yet fully vaccinated, your health remains at risk from COVID-19,” said Dr. Cristin Muecke, deputy chief medical officer of health. “An unvaccinated person is more likely to become seriously ill, and more likely to suffer long-term effects, if they become infected with COVID-19. We continue to urge every eligible New Brunswicker to become fully vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Vaccination update

As of today, 74.2 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 84 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“As of this morning, we surpassed an impressive 1.1 million doses of vaccine administered in the province,” said Shephard. “While this is an important milestone in our fight against COVID-19 and something we should be proud of, there is still more work to be done if we want to have as many eligible New Brunswickers as possible fully vaccinated.”

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.

Those attending a vaccination clinic are asked to bring their Medicare card, a signed consent form and, for those receiving their second dose, a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving their first dose.

Vaccination clinics

Walk-in and mobile vaccination clinics for those who have not yet received their first or second dose are taking place this week. All will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is suitable for people 12 and older and which can be used safely and effectively as either a first or second dose.

Walk-in clinics available today are as follows:

  • Sackville, Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saint-Quentin, Auberge Évasion de Rêves, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Bathurst, K.C. Irving Regional Centre, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Shippagan, Public Health Office, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saint John, Exhibition Park, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Walk-in clinics available on Friday, Aug. 27, are as follows:

  • Saint John, Exhibition Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Rexton, Rexton Curling Club, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Edmundston, Knights of Columbus Hall, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Campbellton, Campbellton Regional Hospital, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bathurst, Public Health Office, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A mobile clinic is taking place on Friday, Aug. 27, at Parlee Beach in Shediac between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Extra-Mural/Ambulance New Brunswick is conducting this clinic.

Walk-in clinics available on Saturday, Aug. 28, are as follows:

  • Moncton, Moncton Coliseum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Grand Falls, E&P Sénéchal Centre, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Fredericton, Brookside Clinic, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saint John, Exhibition Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Blackville, Blackville Village Hall, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Those attending any of these clinics are asked to bring their Medicare card, a signed consent form and a record of vaccination if receiving their second dose.

A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.

New cases

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

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

  • a person 19 and under;
  • three people 20-29;
  • a person 30-39; and
  • a person 60-69.

Three cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case and three are under investigation.

The two cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • a person 30-39; and
  • a person 40-49.

The two cases are travel related.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,705. There have been 15 recoveries since Aug. 25 for a total of 2,501 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 157. A total of 2,091 tests were conducted since Aug. 25 for a total of 404,751.

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.