Three Lambton pharmacies to begin offering AstraZeneca shots

Bright's Grove Family Pharmacy. Photo courtesy of www.bgfamilypharmacy.com/

Three Lambton county drug stores are included in Ontario’s expanded list of pharmacies that will start offering the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine to those aged 55 and over.

The Doug Ford government announced Thursday that 380 additional locations across the province have been added to the list.

They include Loblaw Pharmacy on Murphy Road in Sarnia, Bright’s Grove Family Pharmacy, and Forest Pharmacy.

The province said some locations will begin offering the vaccine as early as Saturday, but Bright’s Grove Family Pharmacy Owner Kelly Haggerty said they don’t have any product yet or know how much they’ll receive.

Bright's Grove Family Pharmacy Owner Kelly Haggerty. Image courtesy of www.bgfamilypharmacy.com/

Bright’s Grove Family Pharmacy Owner Kelly Haggerty. 

“Once we receive product, booking should go live early next week, but as of right now there is no product at our pharmacy that’s been delivered and the email that I received from the distributer implies it could be delivered over the weekend,” said Haggerty.

Those eligible will have to book an appointment. Haggerty said booking should go live about one day after inventory is received, probably in two-to-four days.

The pharmacies will have their own dedicated links. The link for the Bright’s Grove pharmacy will be www.vaccinationcentre.ca/BrightsGrove

Earlier this month, Ontario began offering the vaccine to those aged 60 and over at pharmacies and primary care settings. Over 700 pharmacies are now offering the vaccine, and the province expects that number could reach about 1,500 by the end of April.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said thanks to the hard work of our dedicated frontline health care providers, Ontario’s vaccine rollout in primary care settings and pharmacy settings has been a success.

“With more locations coming on board, these settings will make receiving the COVID-19 vaccine easier and more convenient for eligible populations across the province,” said Elliott. “I encourage everyone to sign up when it’s their turn. Until we receive enough vaccines so that the majority of Ontarians can be vaccinated it remains critical for everyone to continue following public health measures we know work and keep us safe.”

– with files from Melanie Irwin