New Omicron subvariant detected in New Brunswick04 February 2022
FREDERICTON (GNB) – A confirmed case of BA.2, a new Omicron subvariant, has been identified in the province.
The Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre’s microbiology laboratory in Moncton identified a sample from a person in Zone 1 (Moncton region) as being positive for the COVID-19 BA.2 subvariant of Omicron.
“While the impact of all variants continues to be monitored, we know that vaccination – including a booster – in combination with public health and individual measures, is key to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and its variants,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “I encourage everyone to book their vaccine appointment or attend a walk-in immunization clinic, as we know this is the best defence against these variants and will reduce the risk of severe outcomes and hospitalizations.”
Booster doses are available to everyone 18 and older, as long as five months have passed since their second dose. Evening and weekend appointments are available 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.
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.
The entire province is currently in the Level 2 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.
Other useful links:
- Information about COVID-19 vaccines (including booking first, second or booster doses)
- Information about COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations NB COVID-19 N.-B. (arcgis.com)
- Information on getting tested (PCR or rapid tests)
- Healthy and Safe Schools website (including information on cases in schools and daycares)
- Eligible small businesses and self-employed business people can receive funding support through Opportunities NB. Details are also available from Opportunities NB’s Business Navigators by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-833-799-7966.