Almost 88,000 vaccines in arms in Lambton

Emergency Department Nurse Fred Osmon was the first Bluewater Health employee get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine rates are climbing and the number of people with COVID-19 continues to dwindle across Ontario.
In Lambton, public health officials reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 since June 1. Thirty seven of those people are still ill.
The downward trend mirrors what is going on in Ontario, where Tuesday the province reported 469 new cases of the virus. Eighteen people died, bringing the death toll in Ontario for the pandemic to 8,887.
Part of the reason COVID-19 infection rates have dropped so dramatically is the rapid increase in vaccination.
Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, said Tuesday there have been 87,784 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Lambton. That’s 67.7 per cent of adults over 18 and 10 per cent of kids under 17. Another 11 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Ranade told Lambton County councillors June 1 he’s expecting 30,000 doses to be shipped to the community in June to further the vaccination effort.
“From my personal perspective it is going really well,” says Ranade adding there are a lot of people in the community making the clinics possible.
He says more of those will be second doses since the province moved up the date for the second doses from 16 weeks. Ranade says people should not consider the second dose vaccine date which they received valid. Public health will email you with a new appointment date.