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New Brunswick fails to meet vaccination target, delays first phase of reopening plan

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick has failed in its bid to have 75 per cent of the province’s population receive a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of today.

Premier Blaine Higgs says all health-protection restrictions will remain in place until the target is reached.

He says even though the vaccination rate has been climbing at a steady pace in recent weeks, it will take another four or five days for the province to reach its goal and for the first phase of its reopening plan to kick in.

Higgs is confirming that 70.3 per cent of those eligible to receive a vaccination had done so by Monday morning, and he says the target will not be reached by the end of the day as planned.

Despite the setback, Higgs says he’s confident the province will succeed in its plan to open New Brunswick to the rest of Canada on July 1.

The province’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jennifer Russell, is encouraging young New Brunswickers to get vaccinated, noting that those under the age of 30 have the lowest vaccination rates in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2021.

The Canadian Press