Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held at Bank of America Stadium Jan. 29-31
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Bank of America Stadium in uptown Charlotte will be the host of the next mass vaccination site in Mecklenburg County for those age 65 and older. The appointments are currently full.
The vaccination clinic is part of an effort by Atrium Health, Tepper Sports and Entertainment, Honeywell and the Charlotte Motor Speedway to provide a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4th.
“COVID-19 Vaccine Events help us vaccinate as many eligible people as quickly and safely as possible,” Atrium Health said in a statement.
Bank of America Stadium will have a walk-up and drive-thru vaccination event from Friday, Jan. 29 to Sunday, Jan. 31. The plan is to administer 19,000 first doses of the vaccine. “One of the reasons Bank of America Stadium was selected as a mass vaccination venue is due to its close proximity to the light rail and other public transportation options, which ensures greater access to the vaccine for underserved communities,” organizers say.
However, those eligible to receive the first vaccine first needed to register here for an appointment. As of Tuesday morning, all appointments for the mass vaccination event at Bank of America stadium were full.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for patients to receive the vaccine. Those receiving their initial vaccine dose this weekend have scheduled to receive their second dose four weeks from the date of their first dose, Atrium says
Community members who are scheduled for vaccinations are encouraged to arrive no more than 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled appointment time to avoid creating long wait times.
The vaccination clinic at Bank of American on Friday runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Bank of America Stadium will be the host of the second vaccination from Friday, Feb. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 28.
Charlotte Motor Speedway was the host of a mass vaccination clinic from Jan. 22-24.
Under North Carolina’s vaccine rollout, those eligible to receive the vaccination include Everyone ages 65 and older; healthcare workers with in-person patient contact; and long-term care staff and residents.
“What I am most excited about is that Bank of America Stadium and Charlotte Motor Speedway are such recognized locations that we are drawing thousands of people to be vaccinated from nearly 60 counties throughout North Carolina,” said Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health. “And further, we are working directly with the local faith community to provide direct access to underserved neighborhoods and people of color, who have been hit hardest by this virus. In short, these mass vaccination events are not only saving many lives in the Charlotte area, but also throughout the state.”
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