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Second Dose Registration Open to Individuals 18 Years of Age and Older

Point Edward, ON –  All individuals 18 years of age and older who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days ago (as per the recommended minimum interval) are eligible to book second dose vaccination appointments.

Eligible individuals are asked to book their second dose appointments using Lambton Public Health’s (LPH) online Registration. Please be patient as our clinics are booking up quickly. If clinics are fully booked, check back often. Additional clinics will be opened as vaccine supply is confirmed.

Residents who are unable to book online may schedule their second dose appointments by contacting LPH’s Vaccine Call Centre from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 226-254-8222. Note: Our call volumes are extremely high at this time. If you are unable to reach
us or get a busy signal, please call back. Our agents are working diligently to answer your calls.

Effective June 21, Lambton Public Health is unable to guarantee individuals will receive a particular vaccine brand for either their first or second dose. This is due to the unpredictability of vaccine shipments from different suppliers. 

All vaccines provided as part of the Government of Ontario’s rollout deliver strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants. The approved mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) are interchangeable and presently being used at Lambton’s mass immunization clinics. This direction is in keeping with NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) scientific guidance which states:

  • If you had Moderna or Pfizer for your first dose, you can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection.  Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are authorized for use in Canada and use a similar mRNA technology, so the vaccines are interchangeable and safe to mix. If you had AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can safely take either AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection. NACI now recommends an mRNA Vaccine as a second dose for those who received Astra Zeneca as a first dose.
  • The only exception to this are 12-17 year olds, for whom Pfizer is the only approved vaccine, so people in this age group will receive Pfizer for both their first and second dose.

“To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, residents should get fully vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. “Individuals are permitted to cancel their appointments if they’re unhappy that we cannot guarantee a specific vaccine brand, but doing so puts them at risk of contracting the disease, and slows the overall progress and momentum of returning the community back to normal.”

Re-scheduling Second Dose Appointments

If residents have an original second dose appointment booked in LPH’s system on or after May 5, you are eligible to re-book an earlier dose. Please cancel your original appointment using the email or text confirmation you received, and re-book using LPH’s online Registration or by contacting the Vaccine Call Centre.

To date, a total of 118,069 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to residents of Lambton County by public health, hospitals, primary care and pharmacies. That represents 71.9% percent of adults (aged 18+), and 17.5% percent of youth (aged 0-17) who have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the region. Currently, a total of 28.1% percent of residents are considered fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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

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Please contact:

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

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