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

Local

City Hall will remain closed to in person service until the end of Step Three of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen, as many City Staff continue working safely from home. Staff are available to assist by contacting Customer Service Staff, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by phone (519 332 0330 x. 3131) or email: customerservice@sarnia.ca, and through available Online Services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Canada Day activities have been cancelled for July 1, 2021. Sarnia Transit has historically operated a “Special Service” on Canada Day to help residents travel to and from the day long events; however, without the festivities, operating staff have advised that services are not required.

Sarnia Transit and Care-a-Van will not operate on Canada Day, Thursday, July 1, 2021. Service will resume on Friday, July 2, 2021. Sarnia Transit continues to operate for essential trips with limited capacity to maintain social distancing recommendations.

Visit the Sarnia Canada Day webpage for more information about this year’s Canada Day initiatives and to view a video of an award-winning fireworks show.

Lambton Public Health

LPH is advising all individuals who have booked appointments for COVID-19 vaccines, that effective June 21, they are unable to guarantee that individuals will receive a particular vaccine brand for either their first or second dose. Recent vaccine shipment delays reinforce the need for individuals to get the first vaccine available, either as their first or second dose.

The approved mRNA vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer brands, are interchangeable and presently being used at the mass immunization clinics, and will continue to be used moving forward. This direction is in keeping with NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) scientific guidance which states:

  • All COVID-19 vaccines available in the province, have been determined to be safe and effective by Health Canada, and have been shown to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death associated with COVID-19.
  • If you had Moderna or Pfizer for your first dose, you can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection.  Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are authorized for use in Canada and use a similar mRNA technology, so the vaccines are interchangeable and safe to mix. If you had AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can safely take either AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection. NACI now recommends an mRNA Vaccine as a second dose for those who received Astra Zeneca as a first dose.
  • To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, Ontarians should get vaccinated as soon as they can and book their second dose as soon as they are eligible.
  • The only exception to this are 12-17 year olds, for whom Pfizer is the only approved vaccine, so people in this age group will receive Pfizer for both their first and second dose.

Individuals 60 years of age and older or those who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 21 are now eligible to book second dose vaccination appointments.

Eligible individuals are asked to book their second dose appointments using LPH’s online Registration. Please be patient as our clinics are booking up quickly. If clinics are fully booked, check back often. Additional clinics will be opened as vaccine supply is confirmed.

Residents who are unable to book online may schedule their second dose appointments by contacting LPH’s Vaccine Call Centre from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 226-254-8222. 

Second doses are being scheduled according to the age-based and priority sequencing of first doses. As such, LPH is re-scheduling all original second dose appointments in an effort to reduce the interval time between the first and second doses for as many individuals as possible. Everyone is required to re-book their second vaccine appointments when eligible.

Provincial Update

With a majority of Ontario adults having received their first dose of the vaccine, providing a strong level of protection from COVID-19, the province is accelerating eligibility to book a second dose appointment as follows:

  • As of Monday, June 21, 2021, all Ontarians who received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 9, 2021 will be eligible to book or rebook their second dose appointment at a shortened interval.
  • Starting the week of June 28, 2021 (days / sequence to be confirmed) all Ontarians aged 18 and over who have received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to book their second dose appointment. The appointment will be scheduled at least 28 days after the first dose, per the recommended interval.

As of June 11th, Ontario transitioned into Step One of the provincial three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province.

Ontario is expected to remain at this step for 21 days.

COVID-19 Resources

As of 11:30 a.m. on June 22 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County from LPH

Confirmed Cases 3,564
Resolved Cases 3,475
Deaths 62
Active Cases 27
Current Active Outbreaks 1
Incidence Rate per 100,000 – Week of June 6 – June 12, 2021 13.7
Percent Positive – Week of June 6 – June 12, 2021 0.8
Immunizations – as of June 16, 2021
Total immunizations given 98,647
First Dose 79,510
Second Dose 19,137
% Adults with ≥ 1 dose 70.6
% Adults fully vaccinated 17.8
% Youth with ≥ 1 dose 15.9
% Youth fully vaccinated 0.2

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 2,129
Total number of emails received 1,781
Total number of phone calls received 348
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