COVID-19 vaccinations are underway across the WBTV viewing area. Here’s where

COVID-19 vaccinations are underway across the WBTV viewing area. Here’s where
Counties in the WBTV viewing area are beginning to announce plans for COVID-19 vaccination clinics. (Source: Arkansas Department of Health)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Counties in the WBTV viewing area are continuing to announce plans for COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

North Carolina is currently vaccinating those that fall into Group 1 and Group 2, which includes health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, and anyone 65 years or older. Anyone who wants to get a vaccine will be able to do so in Group 6. The new vaccination plan aligns with new federal recommendations. The initial plan was divided into phases.

NORTH CAROLINA

Until Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement of opening COVID-19 vaccinations to those 65 years and older, only those over age 75 or those in the previous Phase 1a were able to receive a vaccine in North Carolina.

“Providers can now vaccinate all healthcare workers and those 65 and older,” NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said.

A new vaccination structure provided by NCDHHS includes 5 groups:

Group 2: Older adults

Group 3: Frontline essential workers

The main county clinic is set up at Bojangles’ Coliseum off East Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, where vaccinations will take place 6 days a week. This clinic started on Monday, Jan. 4 for people in the state’s previous Phase 1a, which included long-term care residents and staff, as well as select healthcare workers.

North Carolina has since implemented a plan consisting of groups 1-6.

Appointments for those age 75 or older, regardless of health status or living situation, started at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. To make an appointment online, visit mecknc.gov/COVID-19 or booknow.appointment-plus.com/83g1hcpv.

Mecklenburg County announced that they will be opening additional appointments for the first three weeks of February for Groups 1 and 2 based on anticipated vaccine supply. Appointments opened up for scheduling on Jan. 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Group 1 includes healthcare workers with current in-person patient contact and long-term care staff and residents.

Group 2 includes anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation.

Public Health is opening February appointments for the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Groups 1 and 2 based on the anticipated vaccine supply. Eligible Group 1 and 2 members may make a first dose appointment online at https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/83g1hcpv/.

Phone appointments may be made by calling 980-314-9400 and selecting option 3. MCPH will attempt to return calls within 24-48 business hours. If unable to secure an appointment right away, residents are encouraged to continue to check for updates.

Mecklenburg County says they are seeing a high amount of call volume and ask residents to remain patient.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available in limited supply, with availability increasing through 2021 as supplies increase. Each vaccine requires two shots. The interval between doses for the Pfizer vaccine is 21 days; for Moderna, the interval is 28 days.

Instructions for the second dose will be provided after the first dose.

Following some confusion about the availability timeline, Mecklenburg County Health Public Health Director Gibbie Harris hosted a virtual Q&A session.

Mecklenburg County officials says during appointments, they will verify that residents have an appointment and will be verifying residents’ name and date of birth. “But we do not require any specific form of ID,” county officials say.

No walk-ins will be accepted at this time. Valid identification showing proof of age will be required.

For more information, click here.

Rowan County Health Department is actively vaccinating individuals who fall within Group 1 and Group 2.

Group 1 and Group 2 includes healthcare workers with in-patient contact and those 65 years and older, regardless of health status or living situation.

After weeks of distributing the vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis, the county is moving to the appointment model as of Monday, Jan. 25.

Moving forward, the county will open appointment slots on Mondays at 10 a.m. each week for Wednesday vaccine clinics.

To make an appointment, visit the First Dose Clinics webpage here.

Clinics

The location for first and second vaccination doses is at West End Plaza: 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd W in Salisbury.

Please tune into 88.7 FM while onsite or text RoCoPod to 888777 for clinic updates and traffic information.

Eligibility

  • Please bring a form of ID and your insurance card or a copy front/back (if you have one).
  • Please complete the Vaccination Registration Form (PDF) in advance if you are able to help speed up the process.
  • The vaccine is free, but we will file insurance for the administrative cost. There is no cost to you regardless of insurance.

Click here for clinic dates

Click here for FAQ on the second vaccine dose

Anson County is now vaccinating those 75 and older.

If you haven’t scheduled your vaccine please call 704-694-5188, option 1 to schedule an appointment. Anson County Emergency Management assisted with the drive-thru clinic.

“It will take us some time to work through the 75 and older group due to our limited staffing and the need to continue to provide our other public health services, managing the recent surge in cases, etc.” county officials said.

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, Burke County Public Schools, Burke Emergency Management and Burke County Health Department are working in collaboration to get vaccines to our residents in the priority Groups 1 and 2 based on the NC DHHS guidelines. This includes essential healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, dentists, etc., and those in long term care/group homes, etc. This group also includes people who are 65 years old and older.

If you are 65 years or older and wish to get the vaccine, please call the Community Vaccine Call Center to schedule an appointment at 828-358-4454. The call center will be open Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist with scheduling.

Cabarrus Health Alliance’s COVID-19 staff are actively vaccinating individuals who fall within the Group 1 and Group 2.

Click here to make an appointment

All future clinics will be by appointment only. “Any person without an appointment will be turned away and asked to make an appointment,” CHA says.

Before you come, you’re asked to:

  • Print and bring your completed registration form with you. (Registration form in Spanish)
  • Bring a copy of your insurance card (front and back).
  • Bring proof of ID that qualifies you as being in Group 1 or proof of date of birth for Group 2.

Second Dose Appointment Scheduling

CHA will be opening second dose appointments on Monday, January 18, 2021. Individuals who have already received their first dose, were given a ‘COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card’. The date on the back of that card is NOT an appointment, it is the first day the patient is eligible to receive their second dose:

  • Pfizer second dose can be administered as early as 21 days after the first dose
  • Moderna second dose can be administered as early as 28 days after the first dose

Health officials in Caldwell County are vaccinating those 65 and older. Call (828) 426-8486 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to be added to the vaccine list. Residents can also sign up at vaccine.caldwellcountync.org.

Update: January 25, 2021

On Jan. 25, Caldwell County Health Department officials said they received word that they would receive 400 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 26. The staff is working to reschedule appointments. Typically, the department is allotted 400 doses of Moderna and 975 Pfizer. However, shipments are not always as many doses as allotted.

The department is working with the local community college’s nursing program to administer vaccines and is capable of giving between 300 and 400 vaccines per day.

Catawba County Public Health, Catawba Valley Health System (CVHS) and Frye Regional Medical Center (FRMC) are working to schedule appointments for those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through a new website, www.CatawbaVaccine.org.

Through the site, those 65 years of age and older may request COVID-19 vaccination appointments and complete the state-required pre-registration process online.

The website provides an option for appointment requests without requiring time waiting to connect with an appointment specialist by phone. Due to the continued heavy demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, appointments requested both online and by phone are currently being scheduled several weeks out from the time a person connects with an appointment specialist.

To complete an online appointment request, individuals will be asked to confirm their eligibility and then complete and submit a form with their first name, last name, an e-mail address to receive information to complete the pre-registration process, and the phone number where they can be reached by an appointment specialist. A separate form must be filled out for each person requesting an appointment. Only one request per person will be accepted.

Individuals who submit the form will receive an e-mail from NC CVMS, the state’s vaccine registration site, with a link to complete their appointment pre-registration online and verify their vaccine eligibility with the state system. Individuals are asked to complete the online pre-registration within 24 hours of receiving the e-mail from NC CVMS.

From there, an appointment specialist from CVHS, FRMC, or Public Health will call the phone number provided to schedule the appointment.

Individuals will be provided with the date, time and location of their appointment, along with any other information they may need. They will also be informed about how and when to schedule their appointment for their second dose of the vaccine.

Appointments are also available by calling the Catawba County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment line (828-695-6650) Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

As Gaston County rolled out its second large-scale vaccination clinic at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market, it is also preparing for the change in requirements rolled out recently by the state.

The state has added in the 65-to-74-year-old population as part of what is now being referred to as Group 2. Gaston County is continuing to register individuals both through its hotline, 704-866-3170, and at GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine.

The County will soon be adding vaccination days on Wednesdays in addition to Fridays as it will soon not only be providing the first shot to hundreds of residents at a time, but also the second round of vaccine to complete the process.

Those in the 65-74 age range should expect it may take a few weeks to get to their turn in line as the County has booked out appointments with remaining healthcare workers (Group 1) and the 75-and-over population that have pre-registered for appointments.

Vaccination clinics continue to be by appointment only.

At their December 15 meeting, the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners was presented with a vaccination plan, which included use of the Moderna vaccine. Following approval of that plan, the County immediately began implementing phase 1A ― which was dedicated to healthcare providers, senior living facilities, and first responders.

The state has since implemented a plan consisting of groups 1 through 6.

The timing of the county’s mass vaccination rollout for Group 1 and 2 is primarily dependent on the weekly dosage allocation received from NCDHHS, county officials say.

There will be up to four (4) POD locations – with only one being utilized at a time:

1. Burns Middle School

2. Kings Mountain Intermediate School

3. Crest High School

4. The LeGrand Center

County officials believe that there is capacity to hold three mass drive through vaccination clinics per week. The LeGrand Center would be a standing site that is used weekly, and the other school sites will be utilized on Wednesdays and Saturdays on a rotating basis, county officials say.

Once the Health Department confirms adequate vaccine inventory for a particular week, eligible members will receive a letter in the mail confirming their eligibility and their personal designated vaccination site.

Vaccine clinics for those over 75 are underway in Alexander County. Residents can call a hotline to make an appointment: 828-352-7724.

If you get an answering machine, you’re asked to leave a message. Shots will be given at the health department and the Alexander Senior Center.

Iredell County is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 65 and over, healthcare workers, and first responders.

To help speed up the process, residents are asked to print and complete the first page of this registration form to bring to the vaccination clinic. Clinics start at 10 a.m.

Numbers will be handed out upon arrival. Everyone that receives a number will be vaccinated. If you do not receive a number, there will be additional vaccination clinics, county officials say.

The Iredell County Health Department will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to the community at various drive-thru sites throughout the community

IMPORTANT UPDATE JANUARY 25:

Due to the low supply of COVID-19 vaccine and the uncertainty of future allocations from the State, the Lincoln County Health Department has suspended scheduling new appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We understand the strong interest in receiving the vaccine. Once we have more information regarding vaccine allocation, information will be provided in future press releases and listed at www.lincolncounty.org under the tab COVID-19 Vaccination Information,” a press release read.

Lincoln County is currently serving Phase 1b. (Phase 1b is currently separated in to descending priority groups)

a) Group 1 – Anyone 75 years or older. Vaccination appointments began January 6.

b) Group 2 – Health care workers and frontline essential workers 50 years or older. The CDC defines frontline essential workers as first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members, child care workers). Vaccination appointments for this group are not open at this time.

c) Group 3 - Health care workers and frontline essential workers of any age. Vaccination appointments for this group are not open at this time.

The vaccination schedule for Phase 1b, Group 2, is expected to begin as early as February.

Be advised that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be administered to anyone currently sick with fever and/or respiratory symptoms; has received any type of vaccine in the previous 14 days; or, has received passive antibody therapy for treatment of Covid19 in the past 90 days, the county says. In addition, persons with any type of bleeding disorder or taking blood thinning medications must have an order from their PCP in order to receive a vaccine.

Residents can also call the county’s COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule Information and Appointment line at 704-479-2202. The LCHD will be taking appointments for the current priority groups Monday through Friday each week from 9am until 4pm.

If you are in Group 1 or Group 2, please complete our COVID-19 vaccine prescreen form (haga clic aquí para llenar el formulario en español) or call 704-292-2550 for appointment availability. Vaccinations are being scheduled by appointment only, based on vaccine availability.

Atrium Health

Visit Atrium Health’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage for options to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination for those who meet the criteria for the current groups.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second dose a set number of days after the initial vaccination. The second vaccination must be from the same manufacturer and received at the same location.

County leaders say residents may not make a vaccination appointment if:

  • You have taken passive antibody therapy in the past 90 days
  • Have had ANY other vaccine in the past 14 days
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days
  • You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms including but not limited to (fever, loss of taste, loss of smell, body aches, etc.)
  • You are quarantining due to contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Richmond County health officials began vaccinating those 65 and older on January 19.

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond and the Richmond County Health Department are hosting several clinics every week. The clinics are open only to Richmond County residents who have scheduled an appointment.

Call 910-417-3030 to schedule an appointment.

In Richmond County, all residents will receive the Moderna vaccine, which requires two doses. The second dose will be given around 28 days after the first dose. Health officials for schedule the second dose at the time the first dose is given.

County officials say residents should be prepared to wait for up to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to be monitored for any potential side effects.

Stanly County

Stanly County Health Department is now administering vaccines for eligible residents age 75 and older.

To register for a vaccination, residents may call Stanly County’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 980-323-0205. The hotline will be open from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during the week.

Residents will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Employer, if applicable
  • Job description

Stanly County Health Department is following guidance from the state for vaccine distribution. The Stanly County Health Department says it will be notifying the public when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to them during each phase.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Any South Carolinian age 70 or older can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. This group started in South Carolina Wednesday, Jan. 13.

You can find out about appointments here.

Individuals eligible to receive the vaccine can schedule an appointment, which currently includes several major hospitals, seven DHEC sites, a DHEC mobile clinic and 12 doctor’s cares locations.

Individuals can also call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 for assistance with scheduling an appointment.

York County

COVID-19 Vaccine scheduling is now available for individuals 70 years and older at MUSC Health–Lancaster division.

Effective Tues. Jan 12, vaccine administration scheduling is now available for the following categories of individuals and those who are 70+.

  • Healthcare workers providing direct medical care in any setting
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Workers exposed to bodily fluids: autopsy team, embalmers, coroners, funeral home, laboratory
  • Anyone 70 years and older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions

To make an appointment, please go to www.muschealth.org/vaccine-scheduling

At this point, you will be asked questions to ensure you can proceed with scheduling. As you proceed to schedule, sign in as a GUEST, even if you have a MyChart account.

Once you are in the link, you may choose among the locations closest to you to schedule your date and time.

When presenting for your vaccine appointment, you will be required to show identification that you fall into one of the afore mentioned sectors.

Please know changes and updates are fluid. As information updates, our social media pages will be updated as well.

A phone number is also being developed for those who may not have access to the internet. When that number is available, you will be notified. In the interim, individuals may also call the DHEC Care Line at 855-472-3432.

COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS 70+ AT MUSC HEALTH – LANCASTER DIVISION Effective today,...

Posted by MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

York County

A community vaccination clinic is now open in Rock Hill.

The clinic, led by Rock Hill in cooperation with SC DHEC and Piedmont Medical Center, is located at the Galleria Mall at 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd in Rock Hill. It is in the space formerly occupied by Home South and Goody’s. Operating hours will be Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. The clinic opened January 22.

Click here sign up.

Appointments are required and will follow the guidelines for phased eligibility outlined by DHEC, with availability dependent upon the number of doses received each week from DHEC. Appointments for second doses will be made at the time the first shot is given.

Appointments will be filled weekly based on the number of vaccine doses available. When no additional appointments are available, patients will be told to check back online to schedule appointments as they become available.

Dozens of volunteers are needed daily to assist with a variety of tasks including registration, data entry, and answering phones to make appointments and answer questions. Medical professionals are also needed to administer shots and observe patients following their inoculation.

Volunteer shifts are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

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