New Brunswick says it will vaccinate all residents with at least one dose by July 1

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick says it plans to immunize all its residents with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Canada Day.

More than 200 pharmacies are part of the province's vaccine rollout, which will open to people aged 85 and older next week.

Health officials say they expect all residents in long-term care facilities will have received at least one dose of vaccine by Wednesday.

Other groups will be eligible for vaccinations before the end of March, including rotational workers, commercial truck drivers and commuters who regularly travel across provincial boundaries.

Residents and staff of shelters, home-care workers and people aged 40 to 59 with three or more select chronic conditions will have access to vaccines in April or May. The rest of the population is scheduled to begin getting vaccinated by June.

Officials are also reporting New Brunswick's 30th COVID-19-related death as well as three new infections in the Moncton region.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 12, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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