High-output Point Edward vaccination clinic to ramp-up next week

A high-output COVID vaccination centre at Point Edward Arena. 26 March 2021. (BlackburnNews.com photo by Colin Gowdy)

Lambton Public Health plans to expand the number of days per week the Point Edward mass immunization clinic is running.

The health unit reported late Wednesday afternoon that the high-output clinic is scheduled to operate Monday to Saturday the week of May 17. Recently it’s been open three days but half-days have been added this week on Friday and Saturday.

The Wyoming clinic is to run this week and next week on Thursday only, and the clinic in Forest will be open on Friday only.

Dr. Sudit Ranade, during a media briefing Wednesday, said he anticipates a boost in vaccine supply later this month and into June.

“The province is taking a couple of weeks to focus their allocation on hot spot areas and then they’re going to return in a week or so to per-capita allocation,” said Ranade. “So we’re going to see our allocations go up in little bumps, little increments through May, and then we’re hoping for much more in June.”

The Point Edward clinic opened March 22 and plans are in place for a second high volume clinic at Clearwater Arena in Sarnia when vaccine supplies are available to support it.

Lambton Public Health reported Wednesday that 55,209 doses have been administered so far including 3,319 second doses, 47 per cent of the eligible population.

Dr. Ranade said 3,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have been given locally.

Ontario announced Tuesday it’s pausing use of that vaccine for first shots due to increased risk of a rare blood-clot syndrome. The province intends to reserve an additional shipment of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine expected next week for second shots, but has not yet determined when second doses will be administered.

-With files from Colin Gowdy