COVID-19 vaccination in Sarnia-Lambton projected to start in February

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Phase one of local COVID-19 vaccination in Sarnia-Lambton is projected to start in early February, public health officials told the Sarnia Primary Control Group Tuesday.

Long-term care and retirement home residents and staff would be vaccinated first, and other priority groups would follow, control group officials said in a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, noting timelines are approximate and subject to change.

Medical officer of health Dr. Sudit Ranade also told journalists Monday long-term care would be a priority.

“Maybe this week we might know some more,” Ranade said about when a vaccine might arrive in Sarnia-Lambton.

Lambton’s health unit has been working with local partners and the province to make sure they’re ready to deliver the vaccine – when it arrives – safely, effectively and efficiently, he said.

“We’re going to be releasing more planning updates as we have them.”

There is no waiting list for the vaccine and public health advice around physical distancing, staying home when sick, handwashing and other measures to mitigate virus spread are still important, even with a vaccine, control group officials said.

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey last week said Lambton would be part of the second phase of the province’s vaccine rollout, and that that phase would be introduced “in the coming weeks.”

tkula@postmedia.com

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