Dr. Ranade, Medical Officer of Health, provided a video presentation to Long Term Care and Retirement Home staff on January 14, 2021. Checkout the helpful information for our entire community to learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, safety and effectiveness, areas of uncertainty, Lambton vaccine rollout plan, and additional considerations.
This information was provided as the best advice available at the time of filming.
LPH is working closely with Bluewater Health to plan for secure vaccine storage, and while an exact date is unknown, plans are based on receiving our first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine the week of January 25th or the week of February 1st.
Since mid-December, Lambton Public Health and Bluewater Health have been meeting formally twice weekly with other regular sub-group meetings for the purpose of actively planning for COVID-19 vaccine implementation in Lambton County. A draft local COVID-19 Immunization Plan for Lambton County is in development and will be shared broadly with key stakeholders very soon. The local plan is based on the Ontario Vaccination Program, expanded to include specifics and data to assist with the local implementation of the vaccine.
COVID-19 Immunization Plan Goals:
- To prevent deaths due to COVID-19.
- To protect health and other systems.
- To build a level of population immunity that will enable the recovery of economic and social activities that are critical to the long term health and well-being of the community.
As vaccine supply increases, the immunization campaign will expand accordingly. Timelines are approximate and subject to vaccine supply availability. Updates and more specifics will be added as information becomes available.
Phase 1: projected to start early February
Phase 1 of the plan will be to vaccinate the most vulnerable group, the residents and staff of Long Term Care and Retirement Homes. Lambton Public Health staff are actively working with these groups to ensure that residents and staff are ready to receive the vaccine.
Long Term Care Homes are currently gathering consents, preparing lists of staff and residents and providing dates and times so that as soon as we know when vaccine will arrive, a schedule will be in place to bring the vaccine to the Long Term Care and Retirement Homes.
Phase 1: February – March 2021
- Long Term Care and Retirement Home residents, staff and essential caregivers
Additional priority groups that will follow vaccination of Long Term Care and Retirement Homes:
- Health Care Workers
- Other congregate care settings
- First Nations
- Older adults
As vaccine supply increases at the later phases the general population will have access through multiple locations, multiple immunizers including primary care providers and pharmacists, etc.
Please note that we are not maintaining a waiting list for the vaccine. Vaccination is part of the solution to reduce community transmission. It is important to continue to follow public health advice and take everyday actions to help stop the spread of the virus.
- Vaccine safety
- Getting a vaccine
- December 23, 2020 – Community Statement – COVID-19 Vaccination Planning for Sarnia-Lambton
The government of Ontario has rolled out a three-phase distribution plan to ensure Ontario is prepared to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines when they arrive over the next several months. It focuses first on vulnerable populations that are at greatest risk of COVID-19 and severe illness and those who care for them.
After independent and thorough scientific reviews for safety, efficacy and quality, Health Canada has approved two vaccines for use in Canada: