Point Edward, ON – Lambton Public Health (LPH) will begin to offer third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to individuals with highest-risk medical conditions, and residents living in long-term care, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges later this week.
A complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series provides strong protection against COVID-19, and the Delta variant, in the general population. However, for some vulnerable populations, a third dose may be required to provide an improved immune response. This includes:
- Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants).
- Patients with hematological cancers (examples include lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia) on active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy).
- Recipients of an anti-CD20 agent (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab).
- Residents of high-risk congregate settings including long-term care homes, higher-risk licensed retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges.
- Residents of these facilities should contact their home to arrange for an onsite vaccination.
- The definition of “high-risk” retirement home is a facility that is directly attached or connected to a long-term care home.
Eligible individuals are asked to Register for their third dose online or contact the Vaccine Call Centre at 226-254-8222, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Proof of the medical condition will be required at the clinic (i.e. a referral form, letter from a specialist or primary care provider). In order to verify treatment and timing considerations, eligible individuals should consult their primary care provider or specialist before receiving their third dose.
Third doses may be scheduled a minimum of eight weeks (56 days) after the date of an individual’s second dose. To verify the date of your second dose please visit https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ and sign in using your green photo health card number.
For the latest updates on Lambton County’s COVID-19 Immunization Rollout please visit GetTheVaccine.ca.