The Sarnia Primary Control Group (SPCG) met electronically with staff from Lambton Public Health (LPH) and Point Edward regarding developments related to COVID-19.

Local Update

Registration for vaccinations to children aged 5 to 11 years old is open and a variety of family-friendly community clinics, school-based clinics, primary care providers and pharmacies are offering the vaccine to eligible children in Sarnia-Lambton. For further information, to view a list of the local COVID-19 vaccine options for this age group or to book your child’s vaccination appointment, visit the LPH youth vaccination webpage which also features extensive FAQ and resource sections.

Anyone 12 years of age or older (born in 2009 or before) is welcome to attend a clinic for first or second doses as a walk-in or by appointment.

Third dose eligibility and registration has also been expanded to residents 50 years of age and older, along with other additional high-risk individuals. Note: Vaccination appointments for these groups must be booked ahead of time.

Citizens with COVID-19 vaccination questions can contact LPH’s Vaccine Call Centre at 226-254-8222.

For the latest updates on Sarnia-Lambton’s COVID-19 Immunization Rollout, including upcoming community clinic dates and locations or to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment online please visit GetTheVaccine.ca.

Provincial Update

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending its pause on the lifting of capacity limits in remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required while the province continues to monitor trends in public health and health care indicators and learns more about the Omicron variant.

The Province has introduced several measures that will strengthen the province’s proof of vaccination requirements and enhance public health measures. Together these actions will help reduce the risk of transmission during the winter months and further encourage every eligible Ontarian to get their shot so that Ontario’s hospital capacity is protected.

Enhancing Proof of Vaccination Requirements

In line with Ontario’s cautious approach to reopening, and as global data on the Omicron variant continues to evolve, the province will be delaying the lifting of proof of vaccination requirements beyond January 17, 2022 as the province continues to monitor public health trends.

In addition, effective January 4, 2022, Ontario will begin requiring the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required.

The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. Individuals can download here their enhanced certificate with QR code. Individuals can visit their local library or can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have their vaccine certificate mailed to them. They can also visit a Service Ontario centre to receive a printed copy.

Starting on December 20, 2021, Ontario will also begin requiring proof of vaccination for youth aged 12 to 17 years of age participating in organized sports at recreational facilities.

COVID-19 Resources

As of 11:30 a.m. on December 14 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County from LPH

Confirmed Cases 4,532
Resolved Cases 4,372
Deaths 78
Active Cases 82
Current Active Outbreaks 5
Incidence Rate per 100,000 – Week of November 28 – December 4, 2021 51.1
Percent Positive – Week of November 28 – December 4, 2021 3.9
Immunizations – as of December 8, 2021
Total immunizations given 202,164
First Dose 99,404
Second Dose 95,214
Third Dose 7,546
% Age 5+ with ≥ 1 dose 79
% Age 5+ fully vaccinated 75
% Age %+ with 3 doses 6

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 2,260
Total number of emails received 1,905
Total number of phone calls received 355
Total number of charges issued 13

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For further information, please contact:

City of Sarnia, Customer Service
customerservice@sarnia.ca or 519-332-0330 Ext. 3131