First round of COVID vaccinations complete

Valerie Verberg becomes the first Lambton County recipient of a COVID-19 vaccine. 26 January 2021. (Photo by Lambton Public Health)

The first round of vaccinations for long-term care, high risk retirement home and Indigenous Elder Care Home residents is complete.

In a news release Saturday, Lambton Public Health’s COVID-19 immunization Task Force stated that the first doses of Moderna vaccine have been given to all the residents in the priority group who wanted one.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade said the Mobile Team has worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to accomplish this.

“We have established an efficient process and look forward to receiving more doses of the vaccine, so we can continue to protect our most vulnerable residents with their second dose,” said Dr. Ranade.

He said while the gradual introduction of the vaccines is very positive news, the public must remain vigilant and follow credible health advice.

“It is important to maintain all the public health measures that have been put in place over the last several months including social distancing, staying at home if you’re sick, wearing a face covering or mask, going out only for essential items, and limiting contact to only people you live with.”

On Tuesday, February 16 Sarnia-Lambton will be rated at the orange “restrict” level in Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework.