Current situation in Lambton
The focus of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to be Phase 1 priority groups, as identified by the provincial government.
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
- First Dose:
- Residents of long-term care homes
- Residents of high-risk retirement homes (where a facility is physically connected to a long term care facility)
- Residents of Indigenous elder care 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 (recently added by the Province)
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.
The Provincial Government is working to rollout an online scheduling system and call centre to coordinate appointment bookings for mass immunization clinics. Stand by for further information.
In the meantime, please be patient and check this page often for local community updates.
- Feb. 13 – First Round of COVID-19 Immunizations Complete
- Feb. 9 – Immunization Task Force Update; other weekly updates posted under News Releases
- Immunization reports are updated weekly on Wednesdays through the main COVID-19 dashboard.
- Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination program;
- Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination (Ministry of Health)
When will vaccines be available to more people?
The Province’s vaccination program is in Phase 1 and COVID-19 vaccines will be available to the general public in Phase 3. Details about Phase 2 and Phase 3 timing, who is eligible and the status of completed vaccinations is on the Province’s website. While vaccination is not mandatory, everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
As vaccine supply increases, the immunization campaign will expand accordingly. Access will also expand to include multiple immunizers including primary care providers and pharmacists, etc. Timelines are approximate and subject to vaccine supply availability. Updates and more specifics will be added as information becomes available.
No waiting list – we are not maintaining a waiting list for the vaccine. Access details will be provided as priority groups are announced. Join your family and friends and plan to get vaccinated once vaccines become available to you. 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.
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.