FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported today that 79.2 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 88.0 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are asked to go to a walk-in clinic or 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.

 

64 of 82 new cases not fully vaccinated

Public Health reported 33 recoveries and 82 new cases today. Sixty-four, or 78 per cent, of today’s 82 cases are not fully vaccinated.

There are 33 people hospitalized due to the virus, with 15 in an intensive care unit. No one under the age of 19 is currently hospitalized. The number of active cases is 628.

An individual 40-49 in Zone 1 (Moncton region) has died because of COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the province to 54.

“Each life taken in New Brunswick by COVID-19 is more than a number. These are people’s parents, children, friends, neighbours and coworkers,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “On behalf of all New Brunswickers, Marcia and I extend our deepest sympathies to the person’s loved ones during their time of mourning.”

“I offer my sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

 The 27 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

·       12 people 19 and under;

·       a person 20-29;

·       three people 30-39;

·       two people 40-49;

·       two people 50-59;

·       two people 70-79;

·       three people 80-89; and

·       two people 90 and over

Eighteen cases are under investigation and nine are contacts of a previously confirmed cases.

The four new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

·       a person 20-29;

·       a person 40-49;

·       a person 60-69; and

·       a person 70-79

Three cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and one is under investigation.

The 30 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

·       16 people 19 and under;

·       six people 20-29;

·       a person 40-49;

·       three people 50-59; and

·       four people 60-69;

Twenty-two cases are under investigation and eight are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 14 new cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:

·       four people 19 and under;

·       two people 20-29;

·       six people 30-39; and

·       two people 80-89.

Thirteen cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The two new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are as follows:

·       a person 30-39; and

·       a person 70-79

Both cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The four new cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) are as follows:

·       three people 30-39; and;

·       a person 40-49

Three cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously confirmed cases.

The one new case in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) is a person 30-39. This case is under investigation.

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

State of emergency and public health measures in effect

The provincial government is reminding New Brunswickers that based on the current level of COVID-19 hospitalizations, a state of emergency has been reinstated and a mandatory order is now in effect. It includes new measures to limit contacts, ensure physical distancing is maintained, and require certain businesses and events to have a vaccination or masking-and-testing workplace policy. Additional details are available online.

All current public health measures also remain in place, including the mandatory use of masks in indoor public spaces and the requirement to show proof of full vaccination when accessing certain events, services and businesses.

Anyone entering New Brunswick must pre-register through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.

Additional information about the updated measures is available online.

 

Third dose of mRNA vaccines available for immunocompromised people

Third doses of mRNA vaccines are now available to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or treatment.

People aged 12 and over with at least one of the conditions or treatments listed below are eligible to register online for a third vaccination through a regional health authority clinic or participating pharmacy. These individuals will be asked to sign a statement attesting that they meet the eligibility criteria.

The recommended interval for a third dose of mRNA vaccine for immunocompromised people is at least four weeks after their second dose.

A complete list of medical conditions and treatments that would result in a person being recommended to receive a third dose is available online.

The list includes people who:

·       Are receiving active chemotherapy (or immune therapy) for cancer.

·       Have received a solid organ transplant and are currently receiving chemotherapy or other immunosuppressive therapy.

·       Were born with moderate or severe dysfunction of their immune system.

·       Are living with untreated or advanced HIV infection or AIDS.

·       Are taking certain medications that severely affect the immune system.

·       Have chronic conditions associated with varying degrees of immune deficit, such as asplenia and chronic renal disease with dialysis.

 

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.