September 27, 2021
Public Service Announcement
For Immediate Release
Sackville, NB- The Province’s Mandatory Order has been reinstated of 11:59 PM on Friday, September 24, 2021. With restrictions reinstated, here is how the Town is transitioning from Green back to enforcing the province’s restrictions:
Town Employee Vaccination Policy: The Town is taking steps to protect our employees. At the September 20, 2021 Special Council meeting, Council passed a Covid-19 Vaccination Policy which requires all employees (including Council), contractors, volunteers, firefighters, and vendors to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved Covid-19 vaccine.
Masks: Wearing masks is mandatory in all indoor facilities in the province of New Brunswick. This includes all Town-owned and operated facilities.
Town Facilities: All Town facilities are open to the public and remain at normal capacity. Masks are mandatory and anyone entering Town facilities aged 12 or older will be required to show their record of immunization or medical exemption certificate and a government issued identification to access programs and facilities in compliance with provincial regulations (press release). Town staff or designates will verify a record of immunization or medical exemption certificate and government-issued identification when a person enters a program or facility. Without the required records, visitors will not be permitted entry. Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
We recommend residents keep a copy of their record of immunization that they can easily access, such as on their smartphone or a photocopy in their wallet, in case a provincial inspector requests to see it. Accepted proof of vaccination includes:
- MyHealthNB record
- Immunization record from an RHA clinic, pharmacy, or Public Health
- Photo or copy of immunization record
- Proof of vaccination from another jurisdiction
- Medical exemption certificate
Covid-19 Testing and Vaccination Clinics at Tantramar Memorial Veterans Clinic: The Horizon Health Covid-19 testing facility continues to operate in the mezzanine of the Civic Centre. Vitalité will continue to host periodic vaccination clinics in Sackville (location to be announced) over the next few months. Residents are encouraged to do their part in keeping the community safe and get vaccinated. Book an appointment through your local pharmacy or Provincial Health Authority (see info below).
Special Events and Programs: There are currently no size limits on special events, but operational plans are required for special events and/or Town facility rentals.
Council meetings: Council continues to meet in person in Council Chambers. All Council meetings are open to the general public, provided they can show proof of double vaccination and wear a mask. Meetings will continue to be live-streamed and residents can watch via Youtube.
Local Businesses: Facilities and businesses may choose to maintain their own policies on protective health measures. Employers can consult the WorkSafe New Brunswick Communicable Disease Prevention Guide.
Travel Restrictions: There are some travel restrictions in place and travel registration to enter New Brunswick is required. You can find full details and the online travel registration by clicking here.
The Living with Covid Guide provides an overview of how protective health measures can be incorporated into our lives to protect businesses, organizations, and communities.
BOOKING VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS
The Government of New Brunswick has released a vaccine roll out program based on eligibility groups. Anyone turning 12 in 2021 or older is now eligible to receive their first dose of vaccine and must wait 28 days before receiving their second dose. Eligible recipients can book vaccination appointments online.
THIRD DOSE OF VACCINE
People aged 12 and over with at least one of the conditions or treatments listed below are eligible to register online for a third vaccination through a regional health authority clinic or participating pharmacy. These individuals will be asked to sign a statement attesting that they meet the eligibility criteria.
The recommended interval for a third dose of mRNA vaccine for immunocompromised people is at least four weeks after their second dose.
A complete list of medical conditions and treatments that would result in a person being recommended to receive a third dose is available online.
The list includes people who:
Are receiving active chemotherapy (or immune therapy) for cancer.
Have received a solid organ transplant and are currently receiving chemotherapy or other immunosuppressive therapy.
Were born with moderate or severe dysfunction of their immune system.
Are living with untreated or advanced HIV infection or AIDS.
Are taking certain medications that severely affect the immune system.
Have chronic conditions associated with varying degrees of immune deficit, such as asplenia and chronic renal disease with dialysis.
The Guardian Corner Drug Store is providing vaccinations based on Public Health’s guidelines. They can be reached at (506) 536-2255 or http://www.thecornerdrugstore.ca/
Please note that appointments are only available for those who are eligible under Public Health’s guidelines. Information on the vaccination program, booking an appointment, and a list of eligible groups can be found here. Appointments can also be made by phone to be vaccinated at the TVMCC by calling 1-833-437-1424.
If you are not in one of the eligibility groups, please do not try and schedule an appointment.
REDUCING THE POSSIBILITIES OF TRANSMISSION
We all have an obligation to reduce the spread of the virus. Residents need to follow the prevention measures outlined by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus as presented on the website of Health New Brunswick.
Key messages include:
- Wash your hands often.
- Cough and sneeze into the elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
- Cough into a tissue and throw it away.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Avoid contact with a sick person.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if there is no soap and water.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Practice social distancing, (maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and others)
If a person experiences any one symptom, they may complete the online self assessment or call Tele-care 8-1-1. Any person showing 2 or more symptoms, must self-isolate at home and call Tele-care 8-1-1 or complete the online self assessment. Symptoms include: Fever above 38°C, new or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset fatigue, new onset muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or loss of smell, and individuals under the age of 18 experiencing purple fingers or toes.
Residents must follow good health practices and strict adherence to the measures as outlined by the Province of New Brunswick to help reduce the delay and spread of COVID-19. We are in contact with the Province’s Emergency Measures Organization and are continuing to review Town operations to ensure business continuity and service delivery (especially essential services) in the event of an emergency activation.
Additional measures may be added as directed by the New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We will keep you informed through our social media sites and website.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
INFORMATION LINE AND EMAIL
A toll-free information line and email address, which offers services in both languages, has been established by the Province of New Brunswick to help answer non-health related questions, including questions about compliance with the state of emergency. The number, 1-844-462- 8387, is operational seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The email address is email@example.com. Concerns about workplace safety should continue to be directed to WorkSafeNB.
OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Tele-care: Patient Connect NB: 811
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
CHIMO Helpline (crisis line): 1-800-667-5005
RCMP: 911 for emergencies only
Sackville Memorial Hospital: 1-506-364-4100
The Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick has emphasized the importance of people taking care of themselves during this stressful time and has encouraged healthy eating, exercising and getting enough sleep.
New-Brunswickers can get the mental health support they need during COVID-19. #BounceBackNB is available to support those with mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or who may be feeling low, stressed and worried. More information and support is available here.
UPDATES FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES
All businesses in New Brunswick are now able to operate at full capacity. Some may choose to still require masks and social distancing. If you are not sure, we recommend you contact the business directly or look for signage.
While we encourage residents to take the necessary precautions to ensure their homes and belongings are clean, please do not flush these wipes as they can clog our sanitary sewer lift station pumps. These wipes belong in your clear bag
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Sackville