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Health officials in New Brunswick report a dozen new cases of COVID-19

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

Health officials say the new cases involve five people in the Moncton region, five in the Fredericton area and two in the Bathurst region.

New Brunswick has 146 active reported cases of COVID-19 and six patients in hospital with the disease. One New Brunswicker is hospitalized with COVID-19 outside the province.

Officials say 62.6 per cent of all New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.   

Health Canada extended the expiry date of tens of thousands of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses by one month on Saturday. That decision extends the use of AstraZeneca vaccines doses in New Brunswick, which were set to expire on May 31 but will now be used until July 1.

Of the 61,500 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines received in New Brunswick, 43,362 have been administered as first doses and 651 as booster shots.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2021. 

The Canadian Press