Couple travels nearly three hours to receive COVID-19 vaccine at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Couple drives nearly 3 hours for vaccine

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - A North Carolina couple says they traveled nearly three hours through rainy weather Sunday to receive their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.

The Speedway hosted another mass vaccination clinic this past weekend, a joint effort put together with help from Atrium Health, Honeywell, and Tepper Sports & Entertainment.

Officials say 16,000 doses of the vaccine were prepared in advance of the event.

Libba and Tom Pressley were two of the thousands of people who showed up to get vaccinated at the massive drive-thru clinic.

The Pressley’s said they drove two hours and 45 minutes from their home in Clyde, NC to get to the Speedway Sunday.

They spoke to WBTV in a Zoom interview Monday evening explaining that they’ve been taking the pandemic seriously.

“We haven’t been anywhere for a year, literally. We go to the grocery store, the post office. We order stuff online as much as we can and we order takeout. We have not been in a restaurant in a year,” said Libba Pressley.

She said she also wanted to get vaccinated because she helps to care for her parents, both of whom are in their late 80s, and she wants to be safe.

“Both of them got their shots and they’re looking forward to the same kind of things, being able to go out and not be afraid,” said Libba Pressley.

Pressley said the Speedway vaccination clinic was easy for them to register for and easy for them to navigate.

The Haywood County resident explained that she and her husband traveled to the Speedway because they were worried about when they would be able to get vaccinated in their home county.

“About a month ago, in the middle of January, (Haywood County) had just started the 75 and older did not know when the 65 age group would start,” Libba Pressley said. “They couldn’t tell us, so I didn’t know if it was gonna be a week, a month, six weeks. I had no way of knowing,” explained Pressley.

She said the total vaccination process took close to 10 hours of driving across two weekends, but she was has happy to do her part to help end the pandemic.

“If it can help keep the person in front of me from getting sick, then it was worth every single raindrop we drove through yesterday,” said Libba Pressley.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard, 3,858 second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Haywood County. The dashboard shows 9,529 second doses have been administered in Cabarrus County, and 41,328 second doses have been administered in Mecklenburg County.

Those counties also vary drastically in population size too.

According to uscensus.gov, Haywood County had an estimated population of 62,317 in 2019, Cabarrus County had an estimated population of 216,453 and Mecklenburg County had an estimated population of 1,110,356.

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