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N.B. Rolls Out Flu & COVID Bivalent Shots

By News Oct 7, 2022 | 8:11 AM

As the weather starts to turn colder, we’re now spending more time indoors which means viruses like the flu and COVID-19 can spread easily.

Beginning Tuesday, Public Health says eligible New Brunswick adults can get a COVID bivalent vaccine booster at pharmacies.

Those aged 12 to 17 who are at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID were already eligible for this vaccine.

“Vaccination remains the best way to prevent severe symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza,” said Dr. Yves Léger, acting deputy chief medical officer of health.

“We strongly recommend New Brunswickers stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, including getting a fall or winter booster, if five months have passed since their last COVID-19 vaccine or infection, regardless of how many COVID-19 vaccine doses they have had in the past,” said Léger.

“This is especially important for those most at risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19.”

In addition to pharmacies, Public Health will be offering clinics in some areas to ensure access.

Also on October 11, the province’s flu immunization campaign begins.

The flu shot is free for those six months and older and is available through pharmacies or primary care providers with higher doses for seniors 65 and older.

“We are expecting to see increased influenza activity in the province this year, following two years of relatively low numbers,” said Léger.

“We are pleased to be able to offer New Brunswickers a free flu vaccine again this year to protect themselves and have a healthier fall and winter.”

Public Health says both the flu shot and the COVID vaccine can be administered at the same time with no need to wait.

Out-of-province students can get their flu shots through student health services at their respective post-secondary institutions.

New residents and non-residents without a provincial medicare card can get flu shots free of charge from a pharmacist.

More information on flu shots can be found online.


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