Point Edward, ON – The Lambton COVID-19 Immunization Task Force met Tuesday, April 27 to discuss updates to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan in Lambton County. Here are some highlights from the meeting:
A total of 45,341 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date. That represents 39 percent of the eligible population in Lambton County who have received one or more doses (42,742 first dose, 2,599 second dose). This is on track with the Province’s plan to have 40 percent of Ontario adults receiving their first vaccine by May 6.
In the meantime, Lambton County’s COVID-19 Immunization Rollout continues with vaccinations to individuals 60 years of age and older, Indigenous populations and adult recipients of chronic home healthcare, along with the first group of essential workers who cannot work from home according to Phase 2 of the Province’s Immunization program. This includes elementary/secondary school staff, childcare and licensed foster care workers, faith leaders who provide end of life care, agriculture/farming and food manufacturing workers, etc. Vaccinations are also currently being administered to individuals with eligible health conditions along with one essential caregiver for those with the highest risk health conditions. An essential caregiver is defined as someone providing direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to the individual.
If you’re eligible and would like to book your vaccination, please go to LPH’s registration page. Please be patient, clinics are booking quickly. Additional clinics will be open for booking soon.
Lambton Public Health is making improvements to its online registration system which will streamline the booking of vaccination appointments. The new system enables individuals to book, cancel and re-schedule online. It also provides reminders via email and text to individuals with confirmed bookings. It is expected these improvements will provide better customer service and improved response times, while allowing for clinic schedules to be adjusted based on fluctuations in vaccine supply.
Five local pharmacies will continue to offer the AstaZeneca vaccine to individuals 40 years of age and older once more supply becomes available. To find a pharmacy location nearest you and/or to get on one of their waiting lists go to the Ontario Government’s pharmacy locator.
If you have questions about any of the COVID-19 vaccines including their effectiveness, please go to LPH’s Resources page. Otherwise, visit GetTheVaccine.ca for the latest updates on the vaccine roll-out plan in Lambton County.
The Lambton COVID-19 Immunization Task Force is a group dedicated to the safe, comprehensive, effective, efficient and equitable rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Lambton County. Led by Lambton Public Health, the group consists of key stakeholders critical to the success of the plan including: Bluewater Health, Emergency Medical Services, Primary Care, Community Emergency Management Coordinators from the City of Sarnia, Village of Point Edward and County of Lambton, Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, and Walpole Island First Nation. The Task Force works to make vaccinations available to eligible populations in alignment with the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.