Current situation in Lambton
Online pre-registration is now closed for individuals 90+ years of age (and their essential caregivers). Almost 100% of this group has enrolled with over 600 responses from 90+ and 175 from essential caregivers!
If you are eligible (90+ years of age and older or an essential caregiver) and were unable to get access to the pre-registration March 4, we are still accepting phone calls for a limited number of appointments. Please contact Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331. Our local Call Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30pm.
Additional details will be provided about the next priority groups to be immunized once more vaccine supply is available to the community.
Provincial Immunization Booking System – Pilot Project
Lambton Public Health (LPH) is happy to report it is one of six Ontario Public Health Units participating in a pilot of a new online Provincial Immunization Booking System. Beginning March 1, LPH is inviting all members of the County’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to test components of the new online system by booking their vaccination appointments.
Note: The Public Health Units involved in testing this pilot are only reaching out to a small group of individuals to participate. It is not currently open to the general public, only to those who have been identified and invited to take part in the testing of the system. The new online booking website, as well as a new Provincial call centre is expected to be open to the public on March 15. For updates and further information on these items go to https://covid-19.ontario.ca/getting-covid-19-vaccine-ontario.
Learn more: News Release issued March 1, 2021
Priority Groups and Local Vaccine Supply
The focus of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to be Phase 1 priority groups, as identified by the provincial government.
The first shipment of Pfizer vaccine was received on February 22 (3500 doses).
- The Mobile Immunization Team began vaccinating the remaining retirement home residents on February 23. First doses for all non-high-risk retirement home residents were completed last week.
- Bluewater Health also began to immunize their high priority staff last week at an internal clinic. Work will continue this week as they invite primary care providers and other eligible high priority community health care workers to receive their vaccine following Provincial guidance.
An additional shipment of Moderna vaccine was received on February 25 (1200 doses).
- The Mobile Immunization Team has been administering second doses of that vaccine to the first priority groups in Lambton County who received it including residents of long-term care, high-risk retirement, and Indigenous Elder Care homes.
- Administration of second doses to those individuals will be completed by March 12.
- Another shipment of Pfizer vaccines (3500 doses) arrived yesterday. Those will be administered at one of three fixed site clinics in Lambton County starting this week by invitation only to staff and essential caregivers of long-term care and retirement homes.
Another shipment of Pfizer vaccine was received on March 1 (3500 doses).
- Those will be administered at one of three fixed site clinics in Lambton County starting this week by invitation only to staff and essential caregivers of long-term care and retirement homes.
Note: The fixed site immunization clinics (located in Point Edward, Wyoming and Forest) will be open to additional priority groups in the future, but at this time will operate on an invitation only basis. Details will be provided as soon as possible regarding when these clinics will be open to a wider eligibility group.
Allocation of the vaccines to Lambton County has been limited to date, but we are now starting to receive regular shipments each week. Every public health region will be at different stages in the rollout of vaccine to prioritized groups identified under the provincial guidance and phases. Please be patient as the rollout for our region moves forward based on the vaccine supply and prioritization of groups. Status of administered immunizations is updated weekly each Wednesday through the main COVID-19 dashboard.
Phase 1: Status Update
Timeline: January 26 – March 31, 2021 – subject to vaccine supply and allocation by the Province to public health regions.
Residents, essential caregivers and staff of congregate care settings for seniors
Health care workers
Adults in Indigenous populations
Adult recipients of chronic home health care
Groups in Phase 1 who have received their first dose:
- Residents of long-term care homes
- Residents of *high-risk retirement homes (*high-risk retirement home is defined as a facility that is physically connected to a long-term care home)
- Residents of Indigenous elder care homes
- Highest Priority Health Care workers (all patient facing staff at Bluewater Health)
- Residents of retirement homes
Current Focus – (late February – early March)
- Second Dose:
- Residents of long-term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and Indigenous elder care homes
- First Dose:
- Residents of remaining retirement homes and congregate care settings for seniors
- Staff and essential caregivers of long-term care and high-risk retirement homes
- Highest priority healthcare workers (based on provincial guidance)
- Indigenous older adults
Remaining priority groups under Phase 1: (mid March – April)
- Staff and essential caregivers of other retirement homes (not high-risk facilities)
- Healthcare workers – additional groups based on provincial guidance
- Adult recipients of chronic home healthcare
- Indigenous adults
- Adults 80 years and older
As more COVID-19 vaccine is allocated to Lambton County it will allow for expansion to the next identified priority groups. Details will be released to support notification and access through registration.
Learn more about priority group phases based on Provincial directives:
Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination (Ministry of Health)
How/Where can I get my vaccine?
As more COVID-19 vaccine is distributed to Lambton County additional immunization sites will open, more priority groups will be announced, and all details to access an appointment will be communicated for those individuals at that time.
Large (fixed site) Immunization Clinics
Lambton Public Health will operate three fixed site clinic locations:
- Point Edward Arena/Optimist Club Community Hall
- Wyoming Fairgrounds
- Forest (location to be announced soon)
These clinics are opening the week of March 1 by appointment only to immunize the next provincial priority groups including the staff and essential caregivers of long-term care and retirement homes.
Note: These immunization clinics will be open to additional priority groups in the future, but at this time will operate on an invitation only basis.
- Details will be provided as soon as possible regarding when these clinics will be open to a wider eligibility group and the booking process.
- Sarnia Transit is modifying their route to deliver patrons directly to that location.
Mobile (occasional) Clinics
Mobile vaccine delivery for second doses to long-term care, high-risk retirement homes and Elder Care Lodges is ongoing. Mobile vaccine delivery for first doses to regular retirement home residents, and long-term care staff and essential caregivers is also ongoing. As additional vaccine becomes available, mobile delivery will expand to continue administration of the vaccine to other priority groups as per Phase 1 & 2 of the Province’s vaccine rollout plan.
- Lambton Public Health is currently assessing locations for occasional mobile clinics in the southern portion of Lambton County including Brooke-Alvinston, Oil Springs and the Township of St. Clair.
- Lambton Public Health is also working closely with the City of Sarnia to pilot an innovative drive-thru option that will serve those with mobility issues.
Other Vaccination Methods
Work is also underway to plan for other delivery methods including vaccinations in retail pharmacies and primary care physician offices as other vaccines are approved for use. Stay tuned for further information.
Vaccine Booking System
The Provincial Government is currently developing an online booking system and call centre to support the next phase of vaccination rollout to priority groups (mass immunization pre-registration and appointment booking).
Individuals in Lambton County who are 80 years of age and older may begin pre-registering for their vaccinations using the new online Provincial system the week of March 15.
- More details will be communicated about how to access appointments as they become available.
Vaccination is part of the solution to reduce COVID-19 in the community. It is important to continue to follow public health advice and take everyday actions to help stop the spread of the virus. While vaccination is not mandatory, everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
More information and resources
- Lambton COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Underway
- Ontario’s Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan
- Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Update – Technical Briefing
- COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario – Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 vaccine safety – Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 vaccination update – Jan. 5, 2021 (Ontario Ministry of Health)
- COVID-19 About Vaccines – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Myths about vaccines – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Radio Community Call-in Session – Lambton Public Health, Jan. 28, 2021
- Digital Video Session – Lambton Public Health, Jan. 26, 2021
- Questions with Kids Campaign – Video 1; Video 2; Video 3 – Lambton Public Health
- Video Presentation to Long Term Care and Retirement Home staff, Jan. 14, 2021 – Lambton Public Health
Submit your questions through the form below and Lambton Public Health will provide a follow up. We also have designated staff available to take your calls related to COVID-19 vaccines in Lambton County. Call 519-383-8331 or 1-800-667-1839 during business hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.