Mecklenburg County Health Department, hospitals await more vaccine to accommodate demand in Phase 1B

First week of Phase 1B vaccinations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - It has been a big week for Mecklenburg County with vaccinations of the public kicking off.

Thousands of people rolled up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

“Health care workers, long term care folks, and now we have opened to those who are 75 years or older,” Dr. Mandy Cohen, NCDHHS Secretary, said.

Appointments are full through the month of January at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, but if you are eligible there are other options.

“You don’t have to stay in your county, particularly where your home is located it may be quicker to go to another county,” Dr. Cohen said.

Atrium and Novant Health are also offering appointments and are sending out information to current patients.

“We absolutely believe that all of our communities whether with Novant Health or not need the vaccine and as allocation allows we will open the doors further for that,” Nikki Nissen, Novant Health Chief Nursing Officer, said.

Novant Health is getting thousands of calls into their hotline daily.

They suggest you book online through MyChart if you can.

Both Novant and Atrium Health say they have administered shots to more than 400 people in Phase 1B in the first week.

More than 1,000 people have gotten the shot through the health department.

“We just left the finish line of the marathon and there are 26 miles ahead of us and we are taking that approach and giving vaccine as quickly as possible based on what they give us,” Dr. David Priest with Novant Health said.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

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)

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