press release

Lambton County Accelerates COVID-19 Booster Shots for Essential Workers

Point Edward, ON – As part of the Provincial Government’s response to the Omicron variant, Lambton Public Health (LPH), the Sarnia-Lambton Ontario Health Team (SL-OHT), North Lambton Community Health Centre, Lambton EMS, and Bluewater Health are working together to provide a series of clinics for essential workers at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 62) starting this week.

These clinics, operating from January 11 to 20, 2022, will target teachers and education staff, hospital and long-term care workers, EMS, police, fire, and essential municipal employees.

“LPH is happy to work with the SL-OHT partners to deliver booster shots to these essential workers,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for the County of Lambton. “With the addition of hundreds of new appointments, these new clinics will also free up much needed space in our regular COVID-19 vaccine clinics allowing us to accelerate booster doses for everyone.”

These clinics will be operated by appointment only and eligible staff will be notified through their employers with instructions on how to book online. Individuals who are experiencing technical difficulties booking an appointment may contact LPH’s Vaccine Call Centre which is available Monday to Friday, 9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 226-254-8222.

“We know how important this added layer of protection is,” said Steve Pancino, Executive Lead, Sarnia-Lambton OHT. “Local health-care partners have come together to ensure essential workers and education staff get their COVID-19 boosters before heading back to work/the classroom.”

LPH recently ramped up clinic capacity from approximately 3,000 doses per week in December 2021 to over 7,000 doses a week in January 2022. Together, with primary care and pharmacy partners, the region plans to administer a total of approximately 11,000 doses each week in January 2022.

Detailed Eligibility:

  • Frontline/essential/education workers; working or residing in Sarnia-Lambton
  • Teachers and education workers (this includes, but is not limited to principals, teachers, assistants, cleaners, office staff, early childhood educators, bus drivers, etc.)
  • Hospital front-line staff
  • Long-term care staff
  • EMS, police, and fire staff
  • Other essential municipal staff

Lambton Public Health will continue to open additional clinics to meet demand. Updates will be provided via LPH’s social media channels and GetTheVaccine.ca.

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Media Contacts:

LPH-media-inquiries@county-lambton.on.ca

Julia Oosterman

Chair, SL-OHT Communications & Community Engagement Working Group 519-328-3136