FREDERICTON (GNB) – The percentage of eligible New Brunswickers fully vaccinated climbed to 75.2 today and the percentage of those with one vaccine dose rose to 84.6. There are three people hospitalized due to COVID-19, including one in an intensive care unit.

“Each dose of vaccine administered represents another degree of protection for that individual as well as for their family, friends and community,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “Our high and increasing level of vaccination is the main reason our hospitalization numbers remain low.”

Vaccination clinics

Public Health announced that starting today, regional health authorities will have appointments available with the Moderna vaccine, which is now approved for children 12 and up. Previously, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been approved for those between 12 and 18.

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.

Twenty-six new recoveries

Public Health reported 26 new recoveries and three new cases today. The total number of active cases is 137.

The one case in Zone 1 (Moncton region) is a person 20-29. This case is under investigation.

The two cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are two people 19 and under. Both cases are travel related.

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

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.