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.

Both North Carolina and South Carolina are currently vaccinating anyone age 16 and older.

North Carolina expanded eligibility to Group 5 on Wednesday, April 7. South Carolina moved to Phase 2 on March 31.

Both North and South Carolina stopped administering the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a pause recommended by the U.S. The FDA and CDC said they were investigating clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

Click here to find vaccine providers near you in North Carolina.

Click here to find vaccine providers near you in South Carolina.

A new vaccination structure provided by NCDHHS includes 5 groups:

Group 1: Health care workers & Long-Term Care staff and residents

Group 5: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination

Health leaders say $2.5 million is being used to help pay for rides for individual people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina.

The funding is being distributed to local transit agencies across the state to help pay for rides for those who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) is opening additional first dose vaccination appointments at Bojangles’ Coliseum on a weekly basis, as well as accepting walk-ins.

Appointment slots will be made available beginning every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Groups 1-5 are eligible to schedule appointments.

The Bojangles Coliseum mass COVID-19 vaccination site will slowly wind down operations in the coming weeks, Mecklenburg Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said Tuesday.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations and appointments are still available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum clinic. The clinic is located at 2700 East Independence Boulevard and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

All individuals age 16 or older, living or working in Mecklenburg County may make a first dose appointment at StarMed.Care or by calling the MCPH COVID-19 Hotline at 980-314-9400 (Option 3 for English and Option 8 for Spanish).

If no appointments are available, eligible individuals may join the waitlist at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.

The main county clinic at Bojangles’ Coliseum started on Monday, Jan. 4.

On April 19, another vaccination clinic is opened in north Charlotte. Novant Health Medical Group – Huntersville is located at 17220 Northcross Drive, Suite 110 in Huntersville, and will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Residents who are homebound are able to request to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at their home. This includes those who are at home due to a mental or physical disability and unable to travel to a vaccination clinic.

The homebound vaccination request form is available on the county’s website here. For questions or assistance with submitting a request form, call the MCPH COVID-19 Hotline at 980-314-9400 (Option 3 for English and Option 8 for Spanish).

The COVID-19 vaccine is available in limited supply, with availability increasing through 2021 as supplies increase. Each vaccine, except for the Johnson & Johnson, 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.

On April 13, the CDC and the FDA announced they were pausing the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers were expected to follow.

Officials said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48; there was one death and all remained under investigation.

“At this point we are pausing the use of J&J in our community,” Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said. “Us as well as our other vaccination partners in the county.”

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.

Valid identification showing proof of age will be required.

If you need transportation to your vaccination appointment, contact the Mecklenburg County Transportation System at 980-314-7600.

Mass Vaccination Clinics

Atrium Health, Tepper Sports and Entertainment, Honeywell and the Charlotte Motor Speedway are working together to provide a million doses of the vaccine by July 4.

Bank of America Stadium is allowing walk-in vaccines April 20-21, until 2:30 p.m. You can also schedule an appointment at ThisIsMyShot.com.

Novant Health is also offering walk-in vaccinations at the following locations:

  • Novant Health Medical Group - East Mecklenburg (6070 East Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28212) is open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Novant Health Medical Group - Freedom Drive (3149 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208) is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Novant Health Medical Group - Huntersville (17220 Northcross Drive, Suite 110, Huntersville, NC 28078) is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There’s no cost to you to get the vaccine but appointments are required.

For more information, click here.

Rowan County Health Department is actively vaccinating individuals who fall within Group 1, 2, 3, and 4 (adults with one or more high risk conditions). The county is also now providing vaccination assistance to those who are homebound.

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

The county will open appointment slots on Mondays at 10 a.m. each week for Wednesday vaccine clinics. In February, Rowan County Public Health will host second-COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

To make an appointment, visit the First Dose Clinics webpage here or call the COVID hotline at 980-432-1800 and push 1, when prompted.

“When making your appointment; please know that we will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, which can be given to individuals 16 years and older,” health officials said.

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 for patients receiving first doses:

  • 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.

Eligibility for patients receiving second doses:

  • Individuals need to bring their insurance cards as we will bill for the administrative costs. Vaccines are still provided at no cost to individuals.
  • For this clinic, citizens will be checked against a list we receive from the CVMS (COVID19 Vaccine Management System) from the state specific to the first doses that Rowan County Public Health gave out. At this time, the county is not able to provide a second dose for a person who did not receive their first dose from Rowan County Public Health.
  • The county says they cannot provide a first dose for anyone coming through the clinic. You will be turned away if you arrive and it is not your time to receive a second dose.

If you are due for your second vaccination this week, you should have received a phone call from the COVID Information Line (980-432-1800) and/or an email from the county (noreply@everbridge.net) with the subject line: RoCo COVID Info.

Click here for clinic dates

Click here for FAQ on the second vaccine dose

Rowan County Public Health and Rowan County Emergency Service are partnering once again by offering COVID-19 vaccines in-home to qualifying homebound individuals. The purpose of this service is to reach underserved and vulnerable populations within Rowan County that cannot attend a COVID-19 vaccination clinic due to their homebound status, but are still at a higher risk for exposure and poor health outcomes due to COVID-19.

This service is for anyone who cannot physically leave their home and is not intended as a service for an individual who does not have a reliable mode of transportation or no transportation at all.

To qualify for this service, an individual must fall under ALL the following eligibility guidelines:

  • You are a Rowan County resident
  • You are considered being Homebound by Medicare(please see the definition below)
  • You are willing to certify that you are homebound and it is not that you do not have a reliable mode of transportation or no transportation at all that would allow you to attend a drive-thru vaccine clinic

Individuals may or may not be on Medicare, but must meet the definition of “Homebound by Medicare,” which includes having a condition such that leaving his or her home is medically contraindicated, there must exists a normal inability to leave home, and leaving home must require a considerable and taxing effort.

To get more information and to see if you qualify for this service, please contact 980-432-1800; Option 1 and let the Call Center staff know that you are interested in Homebound COVID-19 Vaccine Service.

Salisbury VA Health Care System will begin COVID-19 vaccinations with the Janssen vaccine Monday, March 8, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.

First dose vaccines will be available for North Carolina residents in groups 1,2,3,4 and 5 at the Agriculture Extension Center (661 Vale Road above Ingles in Newland). Appointments are required.

Residents can call 828-733-8273 Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to schedule an arrival time. Please bring your insurance card and wear appropriate clothing for easy access to have the vaccination in your upper arm. Masks are required.

Avery County health officials ask anyone with a bleeding disorder to contact their physician for written documentation to receive the vaccine.

Mass vaccination clinics:

  • The first dose clinic will be on Thursday April 8.
  • Second dose vaccines scheduled for Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8.

For information about Groups 1-5 Click Here. For questions concerning the vaccine in Avery County, please call 828-733-8273.

For second dose vaccines at the AG center, residents are asked to bring their white vaccine/appointment card. If you cannot attend the second dose clinic because of a conflict please call the Health Department for a new date to receive your second dose at 828-733-6031.

For questions concerning the vaccine in Avery County please call 828-733-8273.

The Anson County Health Department is currently seeing patients by appointment only, no walk-ins at this time because of the COVID-19. If you need to make an appointment to be seen, please call 704-694-5188.

The Anson County Health Department is located at: 110 Ashe Street Wadesboro, NC 28170. For more information call the Health Department at 704-694-5188 and press 1.

Burke County health leaders are working to vaccinate those that fall into Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Please call 828-358-4454 to schedule your appointment. Click here for information regarding the groups.

Cabarrus Health Alliance’s COVID-19 staff are actively vaccinating individuals who fall within the Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, and Group 4A who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk of serious illness and people who live in certain congregate settings.

If you are seeking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for a 16 or 17-year-old, please call the CHA Call Center at 704-920-1213.

Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Caldwell County. The next group will be everyone.

To schedule a COVID vaccine appointment, call 828-426-8486, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

People already on the waiting list will receive first priority for appointments.

Visit findmygroup.nc.gov to help you determine which group you are in.

Catawba County health leaders are currently vaccinating adults 65 and older, essential workers, and individuals ages 16-64 with one or more high-risk medical condition.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated? Vaccinations are available from a number of local providers, including some Walgreens and CVS locations in Catawba County. Use this tool to find vaccination providers near you: Vaccine Site Locator

How to Schedule a Vaccination Appointment With Us: Catawba County Public Health, Catawba Valley Health System (CVHS) and Frye Regional Medical Center (FRMC) are working together to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments for eligible businesses and individuals.

For essential employers, health leaders are working directly with Catawba County employers to coordinate group scheduling for their essential workers who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Local employers may go to www.CatawbaVaccine.org to access more information and get the process started.

  • Essential workers for companies located in Catawba County should first talk with their employer before requesting an individual appointment. We have already started working with many employers and anticipate working with many more over the next several weeks. Due to the extremely high demand for vaccinations and limited vaccine supply, scheduling your appointment through your employer will be the quickest way to get an appointment with us.
  • Independent contractors or people who are self-employed and believe they are essential workers may request an appointment online at www.CatawbaVaccine.org, where an eligibility determination will be made.

Requests for other eligible individuals will be handled online only through www.CatawbaVaccine.org. No appointments will be made by phone.

  • People without internet access may call the new COVID-19 Referral Line at 828-282-2002. Referral specialists will not be able to schedule an appointment for you. They are available to assist individuals with completing the online appointment request form on www.CatawbaVaccine.org.

For other COVID-19 questions, call the Catawba County Public Health COVID-19 Referral Line: 828-282-2002 or the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center: 1-888-675-4567.

Transportation to Vaccination Appointments

Greenway Public Transportation is assisting the public with free transportation options to receive COVID-19 vaccinations through Fixed Route Service in the cities of Conover, Hickory and Newton 9 AM – 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday. The Fixed Route schedules are posted on the mygreenway.org website. Call the dispatch office at (828) 465-7634) from 4:00 AM to 6:00 PM for route information and the times to ride the service. Greenway encourages the public to reach out directly to their scheduling department at (828) 464-9444 to schedule a demand response ride or to their dispatch office at (828) 465-7634 for route information and the times to ride the service.

Gaston County continues to schedule appointments for 65-and-older residents, teachers, healthcare and daycare workers that have pre-registered at GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine. Those residents in Groups 1 and 2 who have not yet received an appointment can email covidvaccine@gastongov.com or call 704-866-3170 and leave a message that a call center volunteer will return.

Essential workers, those in Group 4 and anyone in Groups 1 and 2 who have not yet registered to receive a vaccine can pre-register for an appointment spot at GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine. Those on the pre-registration list are then sent an email with a link to an appointment scheduler when their turn in line comes.

Gaston County continues its progress in getting residents vaccinated, and is excited to announce that Gaston Emergency Medical Services is getting 1,200 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those doses will allow GEMS personnel to target individuals who have significant barriers to getting the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic, including the homeless, homebound seniors and other marginalized populations.

Vaccination clinics continue to be by appointment only.

NCDHHS announced the transition to the rest of Group 4 (all frontline workers) effective March 31 and the transition to Group 5 (everyone who wants the vaccine) effective April 7. The Cleveland County Public Health Center is now scheduling appointments for everyone eligible in Groups 1-4.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling the COVID Vaccine Appointment Line at 980-484-6019 Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. If all appointments have been filled based on vaccine allocations, you will receive a message stating all appointments have been filled. If you do not receive this message, this indicates we are currently scheduling appointments.

Cleveland County Health Department’s COVID vaccine registration form available here. A health department representative will call you to schedule your appointment.

COVID vaccines are now available at the Alexander County Health Department for those in Group 1 (health care workers), Group 2 (ages 65+), Group 3 (frontline essential workers), and Group 4 (adults with high risk health conditions).

Not sure what group you are in? Click here to find your group.

If you would like to register to get the vaccine, please complete this form and we will contact you when vaccines are available and in the order the form was received. This could be a few weeks before you are contacted.

Iredell County Health Department COVID-19 staff are actively vaccinating individuals who fall within the Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, and Group 4.

“Before scheduling your appointment, we encourage you to review the user guide for the scheduling platform we are using. Becoming familiar with the steps in the guide will help to ensure an easier booking process,” county health leaders say. To view the guide, please click here.

The Lincoln County Health Department will offer open scheduling for first dose COVID-19 vaccines to individuals ages 18 years and older in Groups 1-5 (Priority Groups).

The vaccines will be available at the Health Department located at 200 Gamble Dr., Lincolnton, NC,

Union County Public Health is following the plan and guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), which includes vaccine eligibility for those in Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Union County Public Health cannot make recommendations on whether an individual should receive the COVID-19 vaccines based on medical condition(s). Please consult with your primary care doctor on whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

Click here for information on scheduling an appointment.

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

Those in Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Richmond County.

To schedule a vaccination appointment, call (910) 417-3030 to schedule an appointment. Please be prepared to leave a voicemail message with your name, date of birth, email address and a phone number where you can be reached.

A representative of the hospital or health department will call you back within five business days to schedule the appointment as long as vaccine supplies last.

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 Health Department is now administering vaccines for eligible residents.

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. Click here for appointment locations.

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.

AppHealthCare launched a COVID-19 vaccine interest form for anyone interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone can fill out the form regardless of which group they will fit into.

The interest form will provide basic information about someone in order to determine which phase they will fall in. If someone is eligible for the vaccine in the current phase and has provided a valid email and phone number, they will receive a link to schedule an appointment. If someone is eligible for the vaccine outside the current phase, their information will be collected and will receive notification when it is their turn to get the vaccine. The information someone provides will be kept private and secure. Health officials say they will not ask for any personal information like credit cards, passwords, social security numbers, etc.

The form can be found here.

Watauga County Schools superintendent announced that all WCS employees were be able to receive their first Moderna vaccine at an event on February 24.

Starting March 31, anyone in South Carolina age 16 and older became eligible to receive the vaccine.

As more people become eligible for the vaccine, many will be going through the appointment process for the first time.

South Carolina has the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available for anyone 18 years old and older. Those ages 16 and 17 can only get Pfizer vaccine.

People must give proof of their eligibility to get the vaccine. To do that, DHEC said people can show an ID with their age.

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.

For questions about COVID-19 vaccines and to help support people searching for vaccine provider information, call 1-866-365-8110.

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

COVID-19 Vaccine scheduling is now available at MUSC Health–Lancaster division. Lancaster County is following guidance from DHEC, which includes vaccine eligibility for everyone age 16 and older.

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.

MUSC Lancaster:

  • 800 West Meeting St Lancaster, SC 29720

Schedule an appointment here.

Walgreens:

  • 1101 Highway 9 Bypass W Lancaster, SC 29720

Schedule an appointment here.

Publix:

  • 8360 Charlotte Hwy Indian Land, SC 29707

Schedule an appointment here.

York County

Eligible residents can schedule an appointment at the vaccination clinic in Rock Hill, VAMS, or call the clinic call center at 803-980-2684 for assistance.

South Carolina is under Phase 2 and is vaccinating those age 16 and older.

A new community vaccination clinic is also 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. Operating hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM.

The county has several other vaccination locations. All are by appointment only.

Publix:

  • 158 Hwy 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710
  • 928 Gold Hill Rd Fort Mill, SC 29708
  • 2186 Cherry Rd Rock Hill, SC 29732 (Suite 101)
  • 1735 Heckle Blvd Rock Hill, SC 29732

Schedule an appointment at Publix here.

Walmart:

  • 500 N Dobys Bridge Rd Fort Mill, SC 29715

Schedule an appointment at Walmart by calling 803-228-6130.

Rock Hill Health Department:

  • 1070 Heckle Blvd Rock Hill, SC 29732

Get more information by calling 1-855-472-3432.

Walgreens:

  • 2000 Celanese Rd Rock Hill, SC 29732

Schedule an appointment at Walgreens here.

Doctor’s Care:

  • 2174 Cherry Rd Rock Hill, SC 29732

Schedule an appointment at Doctor’s Care here.

Chester County

The county only has one location at the MUSC Chester hospital. It is by appointment only.

  • 1 Medical Park Drive Chester, SC 29706

Schedule an appointment here.

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