Residents 55 and older can now register for first COVID-19 shot

Lambton Public Health nurse Mariela McGrath prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Point Edward Arena. Troy Shantz file photo

Journal Staff

Sarnia-Lambton residents age 55 and older (or turning 55 this year) can now register for a COVID-19 vaccination, Lambton Public Health said today.

The lowering of the age requirement by five years follows word the federal government will soon be sending additional vaccine.

Those eligible should visit the Lambton Public Health registration page at https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/

Residents are asked to be patient. Clinic dates are booking quickly, and additional dates will be opening as vaccine supply is confirmed, the health unit said.

As of today, a total of 47,051 doses of vaccine have been administered, meaning more than 40% of the population age 16 and older has received one or more doses.

“We are at a critical juncture in this pandemic”, said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health.

“While our current case count in the region is relatively low, our situation is still extremely precarious and could change at any moment if we let our guard down.

“We have highly transmissible variants of concern (VOCs) circulating in the community which is very concerning,” he added.

More than 380 people have now contracted a variant of concern, which represent a growing percentage of infections locally.

Residents 40 years and older can also get the AstraZeneca vaccine at select pharmacies and some doctor offices.