With more than a third of the eligible population now fully vaccinated, New Brunswick is one step closer to stabilizing the region and overcoming the pandemic. Public Health has announced that restrictions on track are to be lifted before the end of July.
Dr. Jennifer Russell stated that even after the province reaches the green phase of COVID-19 recovery, self-isolation may be required. Also, people who are not fully vaccinated may face different rules, even during the green phase of COVID-19.
“We are in a transition period. We are moving from a pandemic state to a more endemic state, which means that COVID will be part of our normal everyday life. It’ll be just another communicable disease that’s reportable to Public Health.”
She said that three new cases of COVID-19 were reported recently. Also, Russell added that the number of vaccinated people continues to rise.
On Tuesday, 14,131 doses were administered. Of that number, 12,947 are second doses and 1,184 are first doses.
Russell stated that even when the province enters the green phase, the virus will continue to spread and adapt. According to Russell, vaccination remains to be the best way for people to protect themselves.
“This is not just an opinion. We have the numbers to prove it. But behind these numbers is another story — how vaccines are clearly reducing the threat that COVID-19 poses to our province.”
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard is pleased with the number of people who have decided to be vaccinated.
“Our province has repeatedly broken records for the number of appointments booked in a day, the number of vaccines administered and the number of people vaccinated in one week.”
Shepard said that if Public Health requires additional authority, she would ensure whatever is necessary is in place.