Novant Health to host mass vaccination clinic at Spectrum Center

Novant Health to host mass vaccination clinic at Spectrum Center

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Novant Health will hold a second mass vaccination clinic in Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The event will take place at the Spectrum Center and appointments are geared toward CMS teachers and other community members age 65 and older.

This comes after the mass vaccination event Novant hosted Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Park Expo and Conference Center.

The state provided about 2,200 doses for the event at Spectrum Center.

Registration is not open to public due to low vaccine supply from the state.

Novant says the Spectrum Center is the most accessible location in uptown Charlotte.

CATS will offer free transportation for people with appointments.

“This is about saving lives and trying to sustain people’s lives,” Charlotte Hornets Sports and Entertainment President Fred Whitfield said Friday.

He said the decision to get involved was a no brainer.

“There’s a commitment within our league and clearly our commissioner is working very closely with President Biden and his staff and looking at how we can use our league and our arenas,” Whitfield said.

The Charlotte Hornets play at home Friday night, so people won’t be able to get the shot on the court, but it will be set up similarly to early voting with several stations in the Fifth Street entrance lobby.

“We’ve got 32 pods, that’s 128 patients that we can seat at one point in time,” Mark Moyer with Novant Health said. “We’ve got waiting areas and observation areas.”

2,200 shots will go into the arms of CMS teachers age 65 and older and other community members.

“Teachers are excited to have an opportunity to be able to have access to the vaccine,” CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston said.

Novant Health Executive VP Jesse Cureton says they want to give more shots, and hope events on a bigger scale are in their future.

“Every person we vaccinate is a win for that individual, it’s a win for their family, it’s a win for our communities,” Cureton said.

Novant Health administered more than 4,000 COVID-19 vaccines to eligible community members at the Park Expo on Briar Creek Road Saturday, Feb. 6. The event took place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The health system also administered 165 shots to CMS teachers at McClintock Middle School on Saturday, Feb. 6.

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