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Long lines as Avery County begins 65+ COVID-19 vaccinations

Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 6:23 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Avery County expanded its vaccination clinics Wednesday to include people 65 and older.

Officials say they had been planning for this day and made sure they had plenty of people at the Agriculture Center to handle it.

The issue was outside where cars started lining up in the pre-dawn hours.

By mid-morning, the line was a mile long. People in line were willing to wait, though.

Alice Sitton said she would stay “as long as it takes, we got nothing else to do.” 

Wait times were as long as 3-and-a-half to 4 hours.

The clinic was supposed to last until the evening but just after lunch, officials cut off the line because the vaccine supply was running out.

By mid-afternoon, it did.

About 485 doses had been given out.

Avery County Manager Phillip Barrier said he had been promised by state officials that more vaccines would be sent if they ran out and Barrier said he “would trust the system to do that.”

Another clinic is set for Thursday if vaccine supplies do come in.

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