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Lambton Public Health Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Individuals 12+

Point Edward, ON – Lambton Public Health (LPH) is happy to announce it’s expanding booking eligibility at the region’s largest fixed site immunization clinic to individuals 12 years of age and older (or those turning 12 in 2021).

“We want to encourage families with children 12 years of age and older to book their vaccination appointments together,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. “So, we are opening our mass immunization clinic at the Point Edward Arena to all eligible groups to receive Pfizer, which is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in 12-15 year olds by Health Canada.”

Those who are 18 years of age and older may book at any available clinic. If you’re eligible and would like to schedule an appointment, please go to Lambton Public Health’s Registration page. Please be patient as clinics are booking up quickly. If clinics are fully booked, check back often. Additional clinics will be added as vaccine supply is confirmed.

Lambton County is making significant progress on the COVID-19 Immunization Rollout. On Friday, May 14 the region reached a 50 percent vaccination rate (of the current eligible population in Lambton County – 18+ years of age).

“We have completed the majority of Phase 1, and are also making good progress with Phase 2 of the Provincial Government’s program which opened to Group 2 of essential frontline workers who cannot work from home last week,” said Dr. Ranade. “Many of those workers will receive their first dose in the next two to three weeks. By the end of May, we estimate close to 65 percent of the eligible population in the region will have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.”

In addition, LPH is developing a strategy to ensure every Lambton County resident receives a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at an appropriate time.

“We will invite residents to book their second dose appointments soon,” said Dr. Ranade. “Invitations will be sent to you directly as clinic availability opens. Depending on our vaccine supply, some residents may be able to receive their second dose before the 16-week interval.”

To date, all long-term care and retirement home residents have been offered two doses of vaccine. Those who are medically eligible for a reduced interval along with a large number of eligible High-Risk Healthcare workers have been booked for their second doses. Please note: Invitations to individuals included in the Government’s revised list of those who are eligible to receive a second dose earlier than anticipated are being prioritized (including dialysis patients and all First Nations, Inuit and Metis individuals), and will continue to be contacted by LPH directly over the next two weeks.

Residents with COVID-19 vaccine inquiries or those who are having difficulty booking their COVID-19 vaccination appointment online are asked to call LPH’s new dedicated Vaccine Call Centre which is open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The new Vaccine Call Centre can be reached at 226-254-8222 or visit the Contact Us page on LambtonPublicHealth.ca.

For the latest updates on Lambton County’s COVID-19 Immunization Rollout please visit GetTheVaccine.ca.

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