Mass vaccine clinics winding down in Lambton

Lambton Public Health Supervisor Anita Trusler at the first mass vaccination clinic in Point Edward in March 2021. The stand alone clinics in Point Edward, Wyoming and Forest will close March 31.

If you had your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine booked for after August 10, you’ll have to re-book it.

Lambton Public Health is planning to wind down the mass vaccination clinics as more and more people get the shot.

As of July 21, 75 per cent of adults over 18 have had their first dose of the vaccine in Lambton and 61.9 per cent are fully vaccinated. Another 20 per cent of teens 12 to 17 have their first vaccination, 10 per cent have both.

“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 in a news release. “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.

“We’ve achieved our goal of significantly reducing deaths and hospitalizations,” says Ranade. “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.”

There will be a walk in clinic for youth Saturday at the Dow Centre. The next times for appointments are Friday’s in July at the Clearwater Arena, Aug. 3 and 4 at the Point Edward Arena, next Thursday in Wyoming and next Wednesday in Forest.

Lambton Public Health is also planning a clinic in August in Alvinston according to municipal staff.

If you don’t wish to make an appointment, you sign up for the vaccine standby list daily for a call at the end of the day to get a shot.

Meantime, another person from Lambton has died of COVID-19. Public health says a person in their 80s passed away in hospital Wednesday but offered no further information. Sixty-seven people in Lambton have now died.