Atrium, Novant Health administering COVID-19 vaccine to 75-and-older public

Atrium Health to give public vaccine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Novant Health and Atrium Health are administering FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine to the public.

Novant Health The health system has already administered the first shot to more than 11,000 of their team members. This week they will start second doses for those medical workers and they started vaccinating patients on Tuesday.

The health system began administering the vaccine to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 5 with what was described as a “trial run” with a small group of patients in Group 1b in the afternoon.

This trial run included vaccinating a few patients in Matthews and Winston Salem to get a sense for how to structure their registration and clinic processes.

If you are a Novant patient age 75 or older - you will be able to sign up for a vaccine this week. They hope to vaccinate 800-1,000 patients weekly.

For those wondering how they will know when it’s their turn, Novant says they will reach out to patients.

“Eligible patients are going to get that message through MyChart. If they don’t have a MyChart we’ll send an email, and then we’ll send paper letters to those who don’t have an email. We’re working quickly to set up a 1-800 number for those patients if they have any questions scheduling through their MyChart,” Novant Chief Nursing Officer Nikki Nissen said.

Atrium Health says it was given its first doses of the vaccine on Dec. 14, distributing it to their healthcare workers. As North Carolina moves into the next phase of vaccinations (Phase1b, Group 1), Atrium Health patients 75-years old and older were being told Monday about scheduling their COVID-19 vaccination.

The first doses from Atrium Health were administered to those in Phase 1b at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Atrium tweeted that 87-yera-old Allen Laymon was the first of its patients to receive the vaccine Wednesday morning: “I wanted to get the vaccine and I want to encourage other people to do it because this is maybe the last opportunity for us to make the virus go away.”

More than 160,000 emails have been sent to current patients who qualify for Phase 1b, Group 1. Many have already scheduled their appointments, according to Atrium Health.

Vaccination appointments are required due to the current vaccine supply and storage requirements.

Atrium Health was one of the first in the nation to receive and distribute the initial vaccine allotments that is expected to slow the spread and lessen the detrimental effects of the coronavirus.

Atrium officials say the hospital system has worked to develop comprehensive plans to safely and effectively distribute the vaccine, as vaccination is the best way to prevent infection from COVID-19.

In the Charlotte area alone, more than 10,200 Atrium Health healthcare workers have received their first dose of the vaccine as part of Phase 1a.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Atrium Health will begin public vaccinations of those 75-years old and older, as part of Phase 1b, Group 1, to begin at 7 a.m., on Wednesday, January 6.
  • Over 160,000 current patients who qualify for the vaccinations started receiving communication from Atrium Health on Monday, January 4, with details on scheduling their vaccination appointment.
  • Those 75-years old and older can easily schedule their vaccination appointment through an existing MyAtriumHealth account.
  • Those who don’t have a MyAtriumHealth account can create one or schedule a vaccination appointment by phone, if assistance is needed.
  • Vaccination appointments are required due to the current vaccine supply and storage requirements.

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