Mass immunization clinics wrapping up across Sarnia-Lambton

Staff at at the high-output COVID immunization clinic at Clearwater Arena. 25 June 2021. (BlackburnNews.com file photo)

Mass COVID-19 immunization clinics in Sarnia and Point Edward are wrapping up.

The final clinic at the Clearwater Arena is expected to be Friday, July 30, while the last mass clinic at the arena in Point Edward is likely to be mid-August.

Lambton Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade said that doesn’t mean vaccines will no longer be available.

“We are ahead of our original schedule and mass immunization clinics will begin to wind-down in August,” said Dr. Ranade. “While we will continue to hold smaller clinics at some locations, second dose appointments that were originally scheduled after August 10 will be canceled and residents are encouraged to reschedule at their earliest convenience.”

To date, 75 per cent of eligible adults have had one shot, while 61 per cent are fully vaccinated. As of Thursday, Bluewater Health had no COVID-positive patients in hospital and there are no active workplace or institutional outbreaks.

“I’m happy with the current state of our COVID-19 Immunization Rollout and would like to thank each member of the Lambton Task Force for their hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Ranade. “We’ve achieved our goal of significantly reducing deaths and hospitalizations. Now, we must turn our attention to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community by ensuring as many people as possible are immunized.”

The health unit is hosting a walk-in clinic Saturday at the Dow Centre for Youth on Lorne Crescent, offering first dose vaccines to those 12 and up. It’s on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

Lambton Public Health said other pop-up clinics may also be held throughout the county as needed, and vaccinations will continue through other channels, including pharmacies and primary care physicians.