FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick reached a milestone today with fully 75 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated. In addition, 84.4 per cent have received one dose of vaccine. There are three people hospitalized due to COVID-19, including one in an intensive care unit.

“This is wonderfully encouraging news,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “Becoming fully vaccinated is absolutely the best means of preventing a COVID-19 infection and today we can say that three-quarters of those eligible have achieved this level of protection. New Brunswickers should be proud of this significant accomplishment.”

Public Health also reported that more than 6,000 doses of vaccine were administered across the province over the weekend, including 2,000 first doses. The booking of vaccine appointments is also up across the province, particularly among those in the 12-17 and the 18-30 age groups, and walk-in traffic at vaccination clinics is also high.

“Since July 1, 384 of the province’s 427 cases – or 90 per cent – were not fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “It is thanks to our high percentage of vaccinations that we are seeing only small numbers of hospitalizations. We are committed to getting this vaccination rate even higher.”

Moderna vaccine

Health Canada has approved the use of the Moderna vaccine for those aged 12 and up. This includes those turning 12 this year. Previously, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been approved for those between 12 and 18.

“This approval means we have more options available to help get this young population fully vaccinated,” said Russell. “The regional health authorities will begin to have appointments available with the Moderna vaccine starting on Tuesday, Aug. 31.”

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 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.

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

Three-day total of 39 new cases

Public Health reported there were 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 28, 10 new cases on Aug. 29 and 12 new cases today, for a three-day total of 39 new cases.

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

  • four people 19 and under;
  • a person 30-39;
  • two people 40-49; and
  • a person 60-69.

Five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and three are under investigation.

The one case in Zone 2 (Saint John region) is a person 30-39 and the case is under investigation.

The 17 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • five people 20-29;
  • seven people 30-39;
  • two people 40-49;
  • a person 50-59; and
  • two people 70-79.

Twelve cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, three are travel-related and two are under investigation.

The 10 new cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:

  • four people 19 and under;
  • two people 30-39;
  • a person 40-49; and
  • three people 50-59.

Eight cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and two are under investigation.

The two cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are two people 20-29. Both are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) is a person 60-69 and is under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,760. There have been 39 recoveries since Aug. 27 for a total of 2,553 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 160. A total of 2,843 tests were conducted since Aug. 27 for a total of 409,019.

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.