FREDERICTON (GNB) – More than 101,000 booster doses have been administered at regional health authority and pharmacy vaccination clinics over a two-week period as the province continues its fight against the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“I want to thank every New Brunswicker who has rolled up their sleeve for a booster shot, as well as the nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals who are administering doses in regional health authority clinics and pharmacies across the province,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

To date, 39.4 per cent of those eligible have received their booster dose.

“We still need everyone who is eligible for a booster to get one, as being fully protected through vaccine is our most effective way to protect the health system,” said Russell.

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 getting their first.

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.

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

“While hospitalizations continue to rise, they are trending below our original projections,” said Russell. “The data indicates that New Brunswickers have reduced their contacts by about 30 per cent. This has made a tremendous difference to our acute care system, which has been heavily impacted by employees who are absent due to Omicron and the increasing number of patients.”

Public Health reported there are 11 people in intensive care and another 127 in hospital for a total of 138 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

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

Of those in hospital, 106 are 60 or over, and three people are 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 482 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 80-89 and a person 90 and over, both in Zone 6 (Bathurst region), and a person 70-79 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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