CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Getting an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be difficult for many people in North Carolina. Especially because every provider and county has a different system to book an appointment.
The North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministries is an organization that helps older people remain in their homes for as long as possible. Recently, it began helping older people book appointments for COVID-19 vaccines.
The Director of the ministry, Dr. Sandy Gregory, says when appointments open, everyone goes for the first available appointment.
“And what they’ll get back is that appointment is already filled. And as you get that appointment, the fill dates continue to go quicker and quicker, and so the time that you get to the last one, then all the dates are full,” Dr. Gregory explained.
He recommends starting from the last day available and working backwards. You will have a better chance at getting an appointment before they are filled.
If you do get an appointment that is way later than you had hoped for, Dr. Gregory says DO NOT cancel it.
“Keep that appointment and you know be grateful that you got it because many people are not getting those appointments,” Dr. Gregory said.
He says do not assume your grandparent or older neighbor cannot get an appointment because they are booked, they may just need help navigating the online system.
“Ask them if they need help, because a lot of times they do,” Dr. Gregory said.
The North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry is hosting a training camp on March 3rd. They are hoping to teach faith leaders tips on how to navigate the system so more people can help older adults get vaccine appointments.
All are welcome to attend the training. Click here to register: https://www.ncbam.org/events.html