Availability of booster shots increases for essential workers

A series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 62) to provide essential workers with reminders.

The clinics will run through Jan. 20 as a joint effort of Lambton Public Health, Sarnia-Lambton Ontario Health Team, North Lambton Community Health Centre, Lambton EMS and Bluewater Health.

Those designated as essential workers are teachers and education staff, hospital and long-term care workers, paramedics, police, firefighters and essential municipal employees.

“LPH is pleased to work with the SL-OHT partners to provide reminders to these essential workers,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade. “With the addition of hundreds of new appointments, these new clinics will also free up much-needed space in our regular COVID-19 vaccination clinics, allowing us to expedite booster doses for

Eligible essential workers will be told by their employer how to make an appointment. You can also call the health unit’s call center at 226-254-8222, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We know how important that extra layer of protection is,” said Steve Pancino, General Manager of the Sarnia-Lambton OHT. “Local health partners have come together to ensure essential workers and education staff receive their COVID-19 reminders before returning to work/classroom.”

The health unit hopes to administer 11,000 doses of the vaccine each week in January, with the help of primary care and pharmacy partners.