Vaccinations of seniors continue, Atrium Health announces first COVID-19 vaccine trial

Vaccinations gain momentum across Meck County

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - It’s a big week in Mecklenburg County as the first mass vaccinations of the public kicked off.

People in phase 1B Group 1, anyone 75 or older, are now able to get the shot by appointment only through the Mecklenburg County Health Department and Atrium and Novant Health.

The health department is vaccinating roughly 350 seniors each day and is fully booked through January with 5,000 appointments.

“We’re trying to work with our partners to make sure it’s readily available across all three organizations,” Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said.


To sign up through the county, you can go online here or call the hotline: 980-314-9400 Option 3

Through Atrium Health, you can sign onto your account here or call Atrium Health.

Through Novant Health, you can sign onto your account here or call the hotline: 855-NH-VAC-4U (855-648-2248)

As efforts to administer shots ramp up, Atrium Health is launching its first covid-19 vaccine trial through Novavax.

They plan to register 250 people.

According to Atrium Health, their enrollment goals are:

  • At least 25% age 65 or older
  • At least 25% with high-risk comorbidities
  • Defined minority representation, including:
  • At least 15% Black/African Americans
  • Between 10-20% LatinX, and
  • At least 1-2% Native Americans

“We are very excited that individuals that participate will get two doses of the vaccine or placebo,” Dr. Christine Turley, Atrium Health Vice Chair of Research, said.

It provides people with more chances to get a shot, while furthering scientists in their mission towards getting another vaccine approved.

“It is a supply and demand issue all along,” Dr. Turley said. “If we have more companies able to make vaccine then we have more opportunities to supply.”

For details on the new vaccine trial, call 833-451-1188, visit or email

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