White House partners with N.C. for new community vaccination center in Greensboro

White House partners with N.C. for new community vaccination center in Greensboro
The COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center will open at Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro on March 10 (Source: Google)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WBTV) - Governor Roy Cooper and White House officials announced Friday they are partnering up to build a new COVID-19 vaccination center in Greensboro.

The COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center will open at Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro on March 10, and will remain open for eight weeks. The center, supported by FEMA, will operate seven days a week with the goal of providing up to 3,000 vaccinations per day, or about 21,000 doses per week.

There will be options for drive-thru service in the parking lot as well as walk-in service in a space that was formerly a Dillard’s department store.

The center will also support additional sites and mobile vaccination clinics in Guilford and surrounding counties.

“This federally supported vaccine center will help North Carolina get more shots in arms and assist us in reaching more underserved communities,” said Gov. Cooper.

The federal government will provide the center’s vaccine supply, which will be in addition to North Carolina’s weekly allotment from the Centers for Disease Control.

“Thousands of North Carolinians will be able to access vaccines as result of this local, state, and federal partnership. We appreciate everyone working together to focus on getting vaccines to our underserved communities,” said NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

Officials say the center will be staffed by federal personnel, mostly from the Department of Defense. It will be supported with resources and personnel from Guilford County, the NCDPS, including the Division of Emergency Management and the N.C. National Guard and NCDHHS. 

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said the new center will help get people back to work and schools reopened.

“Greensboro is pleased to play a vital role in vaccinating the general public,” said Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “We look forward to working with the Biden, Cooper and Guilford County health departments as we continue to focus on vaccination, prevention and reducing the spread of COVID19. Through those coordinated efforts we can keep businesses in business and send our students back to school full time.”

Appointments will be required for vaccination at the site and will be available through a central system and through community partners to ensure access among marginalized populations.

No information on scheduling appointments has been released, but officials say those details are coming soon.

Officials say the area was selected due to “significant underserved or marginalized populations, using a range of criteria including the Centers for Disease Control Social Vulnerability Index (CDC SVI), historical COVID-19 community impacts and the current rate and pace of equitable community vaccinations.” 

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