N.B. says another 29,000 people need to get vaccine before health orders are relaxed

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's government says it is 28,812 people away from reaching its target of having 75 per cent of the population vaccinated with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The government wanted to reach that goal on Monday and begin loosening health orders but decided to delay its reopening plan until the target is reached.

Health officials say 70.8 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, officials are reporting one new case of COVID-19 today.

They say the new case involves a person in their 70s in the Bathurst, N.B., area who is a contact of a previously reported infection.

New Brunswick has 99 active reported cases and three patients in hospital with the disease, including one in intensive care. One New Brunswicker is hospitalized with COVID-19 outside the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2021.

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