FREDERICTON (GNB) – Ample appointments are available for parents and guardians to book their children’s first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is important for parents with children aged five to 11 to get their child vaccinated to help protect against COVID-19 before in-person learning and other activities resume,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “This will reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus and spreading it to others.”

To date, 54.5 per cent of children in that age group have received their first dose. Those children are eligible to receive their second eight weeks after getting their first.

Eligible New Brunswickers encouraged to book booster dose

New Brunswickers eligible to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to book their appointment now, as the number of hospitalizations in the province remains high.

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

To date, 38.7 per cent of those eligible have received their booster dose.

Appointments can be booked online at vaccination clinics offered through the Vitalité and Horizon health networks. Those unable to book an appointment online, or who need assistance, may call 1-833-437-1424.

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

Since Jan. 10, more than 45,000 appointments have been booked for booster doses of an mRNA vaccine.

Hospitalizations

Public Health reported there are 12 people in intensive care and another 119 in hospital for a total of 131 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Seventy-four of those currently hospitalized were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19.

Of those in hospital, 101 are 60 or over, and four people are on a ventilator. Three people 19 and under are hospitalized. The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

There are currently 469 health-care workers who have tested positive for the virus and are isolating.

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.

Three people who had COVID-19 have died: a person 90 and over in Zone 1 (Moncton region), a person 80-89 in Zone 2 (Saint John region) and a person 70-79 in Zone 4 (Edmundston 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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