FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick is currently in the Level 3 phase of the provincial government’s winter plan to manage COVID-19. It will remain in effect for 16 days until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 30.

More information on the measures included in this level is available online.

Booster dose appointments

Public Health reported that, since Monday, Jan. 10, more than 31,400 appointments have been booked for booster doses of an mRNA vaccine. The booster dose is now available to everyone 18 and older, as long as five months have passed since their second dose.

“People who are fully vaccinated and have a booster dose have additional protection to help prevent serious illness from the Omicron variant,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “People who are 50 and older in particular should book an appointment for their booster right away if they have not yet done so.”

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, may call 1-833-437-1424.

Hospitalizations

Public Health reported there are 12 people in intensive care and another 101 in hospital for a total of 113 people hospitalized who have COVID-19.

Of those currently hospitalized, 60 were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19. Sixty-seven per cent of those in ICU are either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or it has been more than six months since their second dose. Of those in hospital, 91 are over 60 and two people are on a ventilator. One person 19 or under is hospitalized. The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

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.

One person 70-79 in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) has passed away as a result of COVID-19.

Upcoming technical updates to provincial immunization registry

A necessary system upgrade affecting the provincial immunization registry in the Public Health Information Solution will affect access to immunization records through the MyHealthNB website this weekend. From 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, until Monday, Jan. 17, there will be a delay or limited access in displaying new immunization records and proof of vaccination documents.

People are reminded to download and print their proof-of-vaccination documents well before they are needed for travel or other purposes.

The registry upgrade will not affect access to PCR test results through MyHealthNB.

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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