In particular, 45% of vaccination appointments available in the next few days have not yet been assigned.
Health Secretary Dorothy Shepard and New Brunswick Chief Physician Jennifer Russell are urging those who have not yet received a dose of the vaccine to make an appointment as soon as possible.
If you want to return to a more normal life, get vaccinated. Then encourage people you know to follow your example.
“We should all be involved with our sleeves rolled up,” says Dorothy Shepard.
We are about to take this first giant step towards the green phase, and we look forward to the people of New Brunswick making it possible.she adds.
There are only five days left to vaccinate about 72,000 people.
As of Wednesday, 64.5% of New Brunswick residents age 12 and older received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
If 75% of eligible New Brunswick residents receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, June 7, the New Brunswick government will move to phase one of the deconfinement plan.
This first phase includes the partial opening of boundaries and the end of the 15-person bubble for social contacts.
To achieve this ambitious target, as of Monday, approximately 72,000 New Brunswicks will need to be vaccinated over the next five days.
This means that the province needs to vaccinate more than 14,000 people a day, nearly double the average last week.
Second dose for those who have received AstraZeneca
New Brunswicks who received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine eight or more weeks ago can make an appointment for their second dose now.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jennifer Russell confirms that the province will offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as a second dose to New Brunswicks receiving their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.
These vaccines can be replaced without loss of effectiveness.– she clarifies.
Public health is based on the latest recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
According to these new guidelines, published on Tuesday, people who received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine can also, if they wish, receive a second dose of this vaccine, if there are no contraindications.
There are currently limited supplies of AstraZeneca vaccine in the province.
12 new cases on Wednesday
New Brunswick reports twelve new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including four in the Akad Peninsula, where many companies have been the target of potential infection notifications.
The new crates are scattered throughout the province as follows:
- Three in the Moncton area
- One in the Saint-Jean district
- Four in the Fredericton area
- Four in the area of Bathurst and the Akadem Peninsula
2,500 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Tuesday.
There are now 140 active COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick, two fewer from Tuesday. Fourteen patients have recovered in the past 24 hours.
However, seven people remain in the hospital, two of them are in intensive care.
Confirmed case at school
The province also confirms the discovery of a COVID-19 case at Nackawic English-speaking high school.
The government said the school community has been notified. Public health will only communicate with people close to the virus.
Online classes are scheduled to resume on Thursday.