Point Edward, ON – The Lambton COVID-19 Immunization Task Force held its final meeting on Tuesday, July 20 to discuss updates to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and to review plans for winding down Lambton Public Health’s (LPH) mass immunization centres. Here are some highlights from the meeting:
To date, a total of 152,591 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to residents of Lambton County by public health, hospitals, primary care and pharmacies. That represents 74.9 percent of adults (aged 18+), and 56.9 percent of eligible youth (aged 12-17) who have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, 60.8 percent of adults and 26.8 percent of eligible youth have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and are considered fully vaccinated.
LPH is holding a walk-in clinic on Saturday, July 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dow Centre for Youth, in Sarnia. Everyone aged 12+ is welcome to this first dose only drop-in clinic offering Pfizer. No appointments necessary. Residents are asked to bring their health card or another piece of ID. The event will feature some free giveaways, snacks and games. Learn more: https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/event/first-dose-walk-in-clinic/
The region is currently in Step Three of the Government of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. The Province will remain in Step Three until all public health units have at least 70 percent of people aged 12 and up fully vaccinated. In order to meet this goal, Lambton Public Health is asking everyone who received a first dose to book their second dose appointment as soon as possible.
“We are ahead of our original schedule and mass immunization clinics will begin to wind-down in August,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. “While we will continue to hold smaller clinics at some locations, second dose appointments that were originally scheduled after August 10 will be canceled and residents are encouraged to reschedule at their earliest convenience.”
If you have not booked a second dose appointment or have an original appointment scheduled after August 10, please book an appointment using LPH’s online Registration. The next available appointment dates are:
- Clearwater Arena– July 23 & 30
- Point Edward Arena – August 3 & 4
- Wyoming Fair Grounds- July 22 & 29
- The Shores Recreation Centre- July 21 & 28
LPH will continue to operate smaller vaccination clinics in August until the majority of residents have been fully vaccinated. Other pop-up clinics may also be held throughout the County as needed, and vaccinations will continue through other channels including mobile teams, primary care and pharmacies.
Vaccine Standby List
Residents who are able to travel to a vaccination clinic on short notice are encouraged to sign up for the Vaccine Standby List. Depending on the number of clinic cancellations and no-shows each day individuals may be called. The list is reset each clinic day at 10:00 a.m., so please remember to sign up daily.
“I’m happy with the current state of our COVID-19 Immunization Rollout and would like to thank each member of the Lambton Task Force for their hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Ranade. “We’ve achieved our goal of significantly reducing deaths and hospitalizations. Now, we must turn our attention to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community by ensuring as many people as possible are immunized.”
For the latest updates on Lambton County’s COVID-19 Immunization Rollout please visit GetTheVaccine.ca. Questions? Contact Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.