FREDERICTON (GNB) – More than 40 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers, 303,000 people, have received their COVID-19 booster dose.

“I am pleased to see so many people take this important step to better protect themselves against the Omicron variant,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “I hope to see that number continue to rise in the weeks ahead.”

Booster doses are available to everyone 18 and older, as long as five months have passed since their second dose. Evening and weekend appointments have been added in certain areas of the province.

New Brunswickers are encouraged to book appointments for a second dose or booster dose. Children aged five to 11 are eligible to receive their second dose eight weeks after their first dose.

To date, 55.3 per cent of eligible children aged five to 11 have received their first 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 booking through a health authority clinic or pharmacy, may call 1-833-437-1424.

Hospitalizations

Public Health reported there are eight people in intensive care and another 129 in hospital for a total of 137 people with COVID-19 in the hospital.

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

Of those in hospital, 107 are 60 or over, and one person is on a ventilator. Four people 19 and under are hospitalized. The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

There are currently 489 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.

Six people who had COVID-19 have died: a person 80-89 in Zone 1 (Moncton region), a person 80-89 in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), a person 80-89 and a person 90 and over, both in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) and a person 40-49 and a person 80-89, both 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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