Vaccinations for Sarnia-Lambton’s downsized priority group nearly complete

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine vials. (Photo courtesy of the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit)

Lambton’s medical officer of health says residents in long-term care, high-risk retirement and Indigenous Elder Care homes will have all received their first doses of Moderna vaccine by the end of the day Friday.

Dr. Sudit Ranade told Sue Storr on CHOK (103.9 FM, 1070 AM) Thursday morning that the size of the initial priority group was reduced due to vaccine supply issues.

“This is a smaller subset of people than was originally the goal, the original goal was all long-term care homes, and all retirement home residents and staff and essential caregivers,” said Ranade. “The revised goal, because there was not enough vaccine, was long-term care home and the high-risk retirement home residents.”

As of Wednesday, February 10, the Lambton Public Health website showed 739 vaccinations had been given.

Dr. Ranade said others in the broader initial group still have to be vaccinated.

“We still have a bunch of people who are on the list, other retirement home residents that we have to go back to before we’re done with this group,” he said.

The provincial government declared Thursday morning that the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations had been completed in all Ontario long-term care homes.

-With files from Sue Storr