FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported today that 88 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 93.8 per cent have received their first dose.

A total of 612,740 people in that age group are fully vaccinated with two doses.

Health-care personnel – including those working in long-term care facilities – and residents of First Nations communities can book an appointment to receive an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose. They must bring their proof of vaccination, i.e. immunization record, to their appointment.

People 65 and older and school personnel are permitted to book an appointment to receive a booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose.

Parents and guardians are able to book appointments online for children between the ages of five and 11. These clinics are offered through the Horizon and Vitalité health networks.

Participating pharmacies will also play a role in dispensing doses of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Information on booking appointments at participating locations will be available soon.

A detailed list of those eligible for a booster dose is available online.

Appointments for first and second doses, as well as a booster dose for those eligible, can be scheduled for a regional health authority community COVID-19 vaccination clinic through the online booking system or at a participating pharmacy. Residents of First Nations communities can also book an appointment at a community clinic.

A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.

45 recoveries and 45 new cases

Public Health reported today that 45 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 45 new cases of the virus, with the number of active cases at 793.

There are 17 people in intensive care and another 45 in hospital for a total of 62 people hospitalized. There is one person under 19 currently hospitalized.

The rate of people hospitalized and in ICU, as well as new cases, continues to most greatly impact people who are unvaccinated. Information about the rates of cases and hospitalizations based on vaccination status is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Regional breakdown of new cases

The 14 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

•           seven people 19 and under;

•           two people 30-39;

•           a person 40-49; and

•           four people 60-69.

Six cases are under investigation and eight cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 13 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

•           a person 19 and under;

•           a person 20-29;

•           six people 50-59;

•           three people 60-69; and

•           two people 70-79.

Eight cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and five are under investigation.

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

•           a person 20-29;

•           a person 30-39;

•           a person 40-49; and

•           two people 50-59.

All five cases are under investigation.

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

•           a person 30-39; and

•           two people 60-69.

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

The 10 new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:

•           four people 19 and under;

•           a person 20-29;

•           a person 30-39;

•           three people 40-49; and

•           a person 60-69.

Five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and five are under investigation.

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Isolation reminder

Any household in New Brunswick with a positive case of COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.

Household members who are fully vaccinated will be able to leave isolation with a day-five negative PCR test. A day-10 PCR test must still be taken to confirm the negative result.

Those who violate the Public Health order to self-isolate face a fine of between $480 and $20,400.

Potential public exposures

Anyone with two or more symptoms of the virus is urged to request a test online to get an appointment.

If you have been at the site of a possible public exposure, but remain asymptomatic, you may be able to pick up a rapid-screening kit (while supplies last).

A map of potential public exposures can also be found on the COVID-19 dashboard.