N.L. reports 1 new case of COVID-19

With second-dose appointments booked for Aug. 6 and later being cancelled by the health authorities, Eastern Health's rebooking portal crashed as people tried to get another appointment time ahead of Monday.

32 active cases in the province, more than half of them in Western health region

Mundy Pond Road in St. John's continues to be a vaccine clinic, and appointments for second doses are being moved up, thanks to more doses of vaccines arriving in the province. (Terry Roberts/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday.

The person who tested positive for the coronavirus is a female between 20 and 39 years old in the Central Health region. She is a contact of a previous case, and is not connected to the cluster in that region. 

With four new recoveries, all in the Western Health region, there are 32 active cases in the province. 

There are two people in hospital due to the virus.

The active case breakdown is 17 in the Western Health region, 10 in Central Health, four in Eastern Health, and one in Labrador-Grenfell Health.

2nd dose appointments cancelled for many, re-bookings start Monday

People in all four provincial health regions with appointments after Aug. 6 for their second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are getting cancellation notices. While some have been able to rebook over the last day, most will be able to rebook starting Monday. There must be at least eight weeks in between doses. 

On Wednesday, the Eastern Health portal crashed as people tried to rebook appointments.

Mixing and matching vaccines is safe, said provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, based on guidelines from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. That includes interchanging the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna doses. People age 12 to 18, however, will need to get Pfizer for their second shot, which is the same as their first.

Late Thursday, the immunization committee said provinces should stop using the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, even as second doses for people who have received a first shot.

As of Tuesday, according to the government's COVID-19 information page, 73 per cent of the eligible population had received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, nearly seven per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated. 

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