Lambton Public Health reaches vaccine milestone, 150K doses administered

96-year-old John Percival receives his first dose of Pfizer vaccine from RPN Kristin Persichetti. Mar. 6, 2021 (BlackburnNews.com photo by Stephanie Chaves)

Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health is thrilled with the rate of vaccination locally.

Dr. Sudit Ranade told Sue Storr on CHOK (103.9FM/1070AM) Tuesday morning, that since vaccinations started in late January, 150,000 doses have been administered in Lambton County.

“We’ve got like 75 per cent of our adults with one dose, close to 60 per cent with two doses and over 55 per cent of our youth have a dose of vaccine and we’re circling around to give those second doses this month and early into August,” said Dr. Ranade. “It’s just phenomenal, like these are great numbers.”

Dr. Ranade said demand for first doses is starting to drop a little bit, resulting in less need for mass-immunization clinics.

“This month I think we’re still running all four, but I think when we move into August though we’re definitely going to be winding down some of the larger ones, and running regularly scheduled clinics but lower volume,” he said. “Because, by that time, we won’t be getting the bookings to sustain such high volume clinics.”

On Saturday, July 24, the health unit is offering first doses of Pfizer vaccine to anyone 12-years-old and up, at a pop-up clinic at the Dow Centre for Youth on Lorne Crescent.

The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

The health unit said individuals between 12 and 17-years-old who get vaccinated will get a free ticket to an upcoming Sarnia Sting game.