FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers eligible to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to book their appointment to help slow the spread of the virus.

Booster doses are available to everyone 18 and older, as long as five months have passed since their second dose.

“We know that people who are fully vaccinated and have a booster dose have much better protection against serious illness or hospitalization from COVID-19,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “I urge everyone who is eligible, especially people 50 and older, to book an appointment for their booster right away if they have not yet done so.”

To date, 61.2 per cent of people 50 and older have received their booster dose.

Appointments can be booked online at vaccination clinics offered through the Vitalité and Horizon health networks.

Many pharmacies across the province are also offering vaccine clinics. Appointments can be made by contacting a participating pharmacy directly.

Those unable to book an appointment online, or who otherwise need assistance booking through a health authority clinic or pharmacy, may call 1-833-437-1424.

Since Jan. 10, more than 44,000 appointments have been booked for booster doses of an mRNA vaccine.

Parents encouraged to get children aged five to 11 vaccinated

Parents and guardians are urged to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment now for their child’s first or second dose if they have not yet done so.

Children aged five to 11 who have already received their first dose of the vaccine are eligible to receive their second dose once eight weeks have passed since their first dose.

Hospitalizations

Public Health reported there are 12 people in intensive care and another 113 in hospital for a total of 125 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Of those currently hospitalized, 74 were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19.

Of those in hospital, 103 are 60 or over, and six people are on a ventilator. Two people 19 and under are hospitalized. The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

The number of health-care workers who have tested positive for the virus and are isolating is not available on weekends. Updated information will be provided on Monday.

The rate of people hospitalized and in ICU continues to most greatly impact people who are unvaccinated and those who are over six months from their second dose. Information about the rates of cases and hospitalizations based on vaccination status, the age and origin of new cases, and additional information, is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Six people who had COVID-19 have died: two people 90 and over in Zone 1 (Moncton region), a person 80-89 in Zone 2 (Saint John region), a person 70-79 and a person 90 and over in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) and a person 80-89 in Zone 7 (Miramichi region).

Learn more

The entire province is currently in the Level 3 phase of the winter plan to manage COVID-19. More information on the COVID-19 alert system, including guidance on public health measures, restrictions and the mandatory order, is available online.

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