Nearly 900 people get COVID-19 vaccine at Gastonia Farmer’s Market clinic

Vaccine clinic kicks off despite wintry weather

GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - The first vaccine clinic at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market surpassed its vaccine goals on Friday.

The original goal was to vaccinate 600 people in 1A and 1B group 1, but officials say they vaccinated 898 people total.

Earlier this week, the county reported that the registration hotline crashed after hundreds of people called within hours of opening.

The county set up an online registration system thereafter which alleviated some of the pressure on the hotline.

World War II Veteran Al Stowe was one of the 600 people who registered for Friday’s clinic. His family said he’s never had a cold so he wasn’t taking any chances with COVID-19.

“It’s gonna feel good and I hope everyone has the same as I do,” Stowe said.

Gaston County also offered the shot to front line health care workers and first responders in Phase 1A who didn’t get to attend last week’s clinics.

The county already has appointments booked out for the next two weeks but assured people that they can still get the shot as long as they are registered. Staff members had 1600 doses available on Friday.

County health officials said that they were ahead of schedule on appointments so they planned to call people in who were registered for future appointments.

“Your shot is secure. You’re going to get a shot if you want a shot and we can’t stress that enough,” said Adam Gaub with Gaston County.

Stowe said he’s aware some people may be hesitant to get the vaccine but encourages them to get the shot as the state and country work to fight the pandemic.

“It’s not going to be knocked out until everybody gets it. It’s going to take another year and we’ll still be having casualties so from the bottom of my heart I urge everybody to take the shot,” Stowe said.

You can either register for an appointment online or call the County’s hotline 704-866-3170.

Appointments at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market run from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

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