Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and nearly 61 percent of eligible New Brunswickers are now fully vaccinated, while nearly 81 percent have received at least one dose.
Each age group also has more people who have had two vaccine shots than one, observed Ray Harris, a data analyst in Fredericton who maintains a tracking site COVID-19.
People might think otherwise when looking at the age-group vaccination bar chart on the province’s COVID-19 dashboard because the first dose of blue bar is higher than the second dose of green bar.
But it is important to remember that the blue bar depicts those who had at least one dose and includes everyone who is in the green bar, Harris said.
The province aims to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the arms of 75 percent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over by August 2, New Brunswick Day, to reach the green stage of COVID recovery and eliminate all limitations.
There are only 12 days left, and based on Wednesday’s numbers, there are still about 99,000 people who need their second dose. That means it takes a daily average of more than 8,200 shots to hit the target.
Harris believes this is “possible,” but predicts the province will “run a little long.”
The current seven-day daily average for administered second doses is 7,097, which will see the province reach its 14-day target on August 4 – two days late.
“We can make it happen, but there is a good chance we will slow down,” he said, noting that it took 17 days to get the last 15 percent of the population immunized with their first doses.
“I have predicted a slowdown forever and honestly, I am surprised it has not happened yet. So I could be wrong,” he added.
“That’s why I’m like, ‘You know what? Let’s be optimistic, maybe we just do not want to slow this down.'”
The province recorded 7,561 shots administered Tuesday, including 6,464-second doses, which pushed the fully-dosed vaccination rate to 60.7, up from 59.7.
The additional 1,097 registered first doses set a dose vaccination rate of 80.8 percent, an increase slightly from 80.7.
“I understand that it is summer and we are all ready to put this pandemic behind us, but we are not able to do that yet,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, health director, in a statement.
“If you are eligible to receive your first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and have not made an appointment, do so as soon as possible. We have the vaccine and the available places, now all we need is for, you. “
2. doses among seniors stopped
Harris said he is “most concerned about seniors.” They have been “our most consistent, our most enthusiastic vaccination group.”
But the second-dose vaccination rate among those 75 or older is still only in the mid-80 percent range, he said.
“And they’ve had plenty of time, lots of opportunity to go in and get the second dose.”
By comparison, three weeks before the Phase 1 target, the first-dose vaccination rate among the same age group was 91 percent, Harris said.
“So I ask myself, why are we not there with them? Why are there still 14 percent of 80-year-olds who have a dose and have not gone back to their second dose?”
“What can we do as a province to make it more inviting for them or to make it more possible for them to get the second dose?”
The younger demographics have “a little more catch up to do” because they haven’t been eligible to receive a vaccine for that long, but it’s nice to start seeing the second dose bar chart fill up, Harris said.
For the other age groups, the vaccination campaign is progressing a lot, as it did for the first doses, he said.
“We had a really fast uptake from those who were excited, and from those who were able, and then a good portion of the population who would go when they were able to cope when it was convenient. for them.
“A lot of these people work that they can not just necessarily get away from, they run families that they can not just necessarily get away from.
“So for me, the 60 and lower groups are fighting through as you would expect them to. And we just have to hold our breath and hope they keep filing.”
Numerous walk-in clinics
New Brunswickers aged 12 years and older who have not yet been vaccinated with two doses of vaccine are encouraged to book an appointment online through a Horizon or Vitalité health network clinic or through a participating pharmacy. People are entitled to their second dose 28 days after their first.
The following walk-in clinics are underway Wednesday and will in some cases end before the specified time if supplies run out, Department of Health spokesman Shawn Berry said, urging people to arrive early:
- Moncton, Moncton Coliseum, 9 to 17:15 (18 years and older – Moderna)
- Kouchibouguac, Community Center, 9am to 5:15 pm or while stocks last (18 years and older – Moderna)
- Saint Jacques, Knights of Columbus hall, 13.00 – while stocks last (18 years and older-Moderna)
- Campbellton, Regional Hospital, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (12 and older Pfizer-BioNTech)
- Miramichi, Exhibition building, at 11 – while stocks last (12 and older Pfizer-BioNTech)
- Saint John, Exhibition park, 09.00 to 20.00 or while stocks last (12 and older Pfizer-BioNTech)
There are also two pop-up walk-in Moderna clinics underway on Wednesday.
- The village of Gagetown – Leisure Center, 38 Mill Rd., Between 5pm and 9pm
- Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska – City Hall, 75 Rue Principale, between 12 and 18
People are asked to bring their Medicare card, a signed form of consent and for those receiving a second dose, a copy of the immunization record they received after receiving their first dose.
Anyone who booked an appointment but could be vaccinated more quickly elsewhere will be asked to cancel the appointment they no longer need.
7 active cases
Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the province’s active number of cases to seven.
No one is hospitalized with respiratory diseases.
New Brunswick has had 2,346 confirmed cases of COVID during the pandemic. There have been 2,292 recoveries so far and 46 COVID-related deaths.
A total of 375,492 tests had been performed, including 1,174 on Tuesday.
Chambers of Commerce get 48,000 quick tests
A total of 48,000 self-screening COVID-19 rapid test kits have been sent to four chambers of commerce across the province to distribute to small and medium-sized businesses as part of a national program, Department of Health spokeswoman Bruce Macfarlane said Wednesday.
The chambers of commerce must submit results weekly to public health, but so far there have been no positive results, Macfarlane said.
“Companies are starting to sign up, so we will only receive results for how many tests there are once this week,” he said in an email statement.
Companies can apply to the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce and the Edmundston Region Chamber of Commerce to get the free fast antigen screening kits so they can regularly test their employees.
The goal is to proactively identify asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic workers and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces and communities.
The rapid tests do not replace the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered by Public Health, which are considered the gold standard in diagnostic testing.
The Chambers of Commerce Rapid Testing Initiative is conducted in partnership with Health Canada and the Provincial Government.
“Testing has been a cornerstone of the pandemic response and will continue to be important as New Brunswick shifts to living with COVID-19 as a respiratory disease,” public health said in a news release Wednesday.
Atlantic COVID assembly line-up
Nova Scotia reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including two cases of HMCS Halifax previously reported by the Canadian Armed Forces. There are now 11 active cases in the province.
Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases on Wednesday and have no active cases. There are 46 active cases aboard three vessels, one off the Bay Bulls coast and two anchored in Conception Bay.
Prince Edward Island has no known active cases of COVID-19.
What to do if you have a symptom
People who are worried that they may have COVID-19 can take a self-assessment test online.
Public health says that symptoms of the disease have included fever above 38 ° C, a new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, a new onset of fatigue and difficulty breathing.
In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on fingers and toes.
People with one of these symptoms should stay at home, call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor and follow the instructions.