Pharmacist Ryan Quinn administering a COVID-19 vaccine to 88 year old Corrie Hudson at a pharmacy in Fredericton. Hudson is the first New Brunswicker aged 85 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from a pharmacist. (GNB photo)

Needles just started going into the arms of those 85 and older at pharmacies around the province on St Patrick’s Day – and – today the age group is being expanded. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard says those 80 years of age and older can now call their pharmacy and book an appointment for their COVID vaccination.

The expansion of the vaccination program includes people with complex medical conditions. You must qualify under a list of “select conditions” prior to making an appointment and print a copy of the declaration form. If you meet the requirements you can book an appointment for a vaccination clinic organized by Horizon or Vitalite Health. You can view the list of conditions here. And you can book an appointment here.

In addition – regulated health professionals including dentists – physiotherapists – and optometrists will be notified by their professional associations when they are eligible to book an appointment.