Point Edward, Wyoming, Forest to host first vaccine clinics

Journal Staff

Point Edward, Wyoming and Forest have been selected to host the first fixed-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics when the time comes, the local Immunization Task Force says.

Lambton Public Health is also working with Sarnia officials to pilot a drive-up option for people with mobility issues.

The sites won’t become operational until more vaccines become available and will follow Ontario government guidelines for eligibility and priority groups, the task force said.

The clinics will operate out of the Point Edward Arena, the Wyoming Fairgrounds, and Kimball Hall in Forest.

Also being discussed are temporary, occasional mobile sites in Brooke-Alvinston, Oil Springs and St. Clair Township, the task force said.

The first 500 doses of vaccine to arrive in Sarnia-Lambton were given to people at five long-term care and high-risk retirement homes and the Indigenous Elder Care facility at Kettle & Stony Point First Nation the week of Jan. 25.

Another small shipment of additional vaccine is expected to arrive this week and will also go to senior facilities, Lambton Public Health said.

Phases 2 of the rollout will include health-care workers affiliated with the hospital, First Nations communities, regulated health professions, and people receiving chronic home healthcare.

In Phases 2 and 3, the general population will have access to shots at clinics as well as from doctors, other primary care providers, and pharmacists.

Phase 2 is expected to begin in April and Phase 3 by late summer.