More vaccine to arrive in Sarnia-Lambton next week

Journal Staff

The next shipment of COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Sarnia-Lambton next week, says Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health.

More 12,000 people have been identified as eligible for shots in Phase One of the vaccine rollout, and it could be more than a month before the first phase is complete, Dr. Sudit Ranade said today.

Ontario recently added people age 80 and older to Phase One, Ranade said.

No serious reactions have been report from the 1,158 first doses administered so far, he said.

A first dose of vaccine has now been given to every long-term care and high-risk retirement home resident who wants one in Lambton County, the local Immunization Task Force says.

“Just the (reactions) that you would typically expect – sore arm, maybe some redness at the site. The things that we know and expect,” Ranade said, noting people 65 and older are less likely to have a reaction to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

When more of the population is vaccinated it will be up to the public to report bad reactions, he said.

Lambton Public Health expects to begin giving people their second shot to make the vaccine most effective sometime in March.