New Brunswick says about 50,000 doses away from hitting Monday's vaccination target

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's government is opening walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics to help it reach its goal of having 75 per cent of the population 12 and older vaccinated by Monday.

If that target is reached, then the government's reopening plan kicks in, which will remove limits on outdoor gatherings and cap indoor gatherings at 20 people.

The first step of the reopening plan also allows travellers from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador to visit the province without having to isolate for two weeks upon entry.

Health officials say 67.4 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received a first dose of vaccine and more than 50,000 people will need to get vaccinated over the weekend to reach the 75 per cent target by Monday.

Officials say people can go to a walk-in clinic or make an appointment online or by contacting a participating pharmacy.

The province is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today, including six cases in the Fredericton area, two cases in the Moncton region, one case in the Saint John area and one in the Bathurst region.

New Brunswick has 147 active reported cases of COVID-19 and three patients hospitalized with the disease. One New Brunswicker is hospitalized in intensive care outside the province.

Health officials are declaring an outbreak after one COVID-19 case was identified at Villa Maria, a nursing home in Saint-Louis-de-Kent, N.B., where members of a rapid outbreak management team are providing support for residents.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 4, 2021.

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