CMS in talks with Novant for mass vaccination events at school facilities in Charlotte

District in talks with Novant to set up mass vaccination site

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district is in talks with Novant Health to open a mass COVID-19 vaccination site at a local school, the school district confirmed Monday.

The discussions are about Novant Health’s potential use of one or more CMS school facilities for weekend vaccination events.

Discussions are also about improving access to the vaccine in underserved areas of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and are not meant to establish vaccination sites exclusive to CMS staff.

Should discussions progress, CMS leadership will continue to advocate for providing student-facing staff priority access to available vaccine – but adhering to the state-designated groups that determine eligibility to schedule vaccination appointments.

Officials did not provide any further details.

The news comes just days before the next mass vaccination site opens at Bank of America Stadium in uptown Charlotte on Friday, Jan. 29 that will run until Sunday, Jan. 31.

Atrium Health, Tepper Sports and Entertainment, Honeywell and the Charlotte Motor Speedway are working together to provide a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.

A mass vaccination clinic also opened the previous Friday morning at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as part the partnership.

Gov. Roy Cooper is supporting the goal, as it aligns with his Jan. 12 announcement of several mass COVID-19 vaccination sites being established across the state to boost rollout of the vaccine.

Bank of America Stadium will have a walk-up and drive-thru vaccination event from Friday, Jan. 29 to Sunday, Jan. 31.

However, those eligible to receive the first vaccine must register here for an appointment.

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.

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.

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