UPDATE: Petrolia vaccine clinic all booked within a few hours

COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinic. File photo from the Government of Ontario.

It only took a few hours for Lambton Public Health to fill every appointment for a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Petrolia on Monday.

Registration for the province’s GO VAXX Bus opened at 8 a.m. Sunday.  By 10:05 a.m., the health unit had reported that the clinic was fully booked.

The bus will be at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Lambton Public Health said those who were unable to get an appointment are encouraged to go to GetTheVaccine.ca to check the availability of other local clinics, or go to its pharmacy page to see about other openings.

As of Wednesday, 76 per cent of Lambton’s population five and up was fully vaccinated. Lambton Public Health reported that 81 per cent of residents five and up have had one dose and 22 per cent of residents have had three doses.

The health unit has doubled its vaccination capacity in order to keep up with demand. Approximately 3,000 doses a week were administered in early December 2021, and about 7,000 doses a week will be administered in early January.

Residents who are over the age of 70 are asked to call the health unit’s Vaccine Call Centre at (226) 254-8222 about appointment availability.

So far, about 30,376 third doses have been administered in the region.

Clinic appointments have been added for January and February, however, residents are also encouraged to check in with pharmacies and their primary care provider in order to book a vaccine appointment.