COVID-19 Vaccine

  Many in Group 2 can’t get COVID-19 vaccine appointments; Biden has plan to vaccinate 100 million in 100 days

But that could soon change starting as the end of this week. President-elect Joe Biden says he has big plans to give 100-million vaccinations in 100 days as soon as he’s inaugurated.Many people who are eligible to get vaccinated right now can’t find an appointment right here in Charlotte.And there

  S.C. still getting limited vaccine doses each week, top doctor worried about timeline

Publix to begin providing COVID-19 vaccines by appointment starting Wednesday

  Mecklenburg Health, StarMed partner to administer second COVID-19 vaccine

  Breast cancer patient expresses concern for high-risk people in need of COVID-19 vaccine

WBTV viewing area COVID-19 vaccination clinic information released as state enters next phase

Officials working to bring COVID-19 vaccination clinic to Rock Hill, S.C.

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SC hospitals will receive 20-25% of requested COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

  ‘Don’t give up.’ 74-yr-old among first patients in expanded age group to secure vaccine appointment

SC health leaders say next vaccination phase likely won’t start for a couple months

  North Carolina to offer COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older, despite demand outweighing supply

  ‘Your state needs you’: DHEC calls on healthcare workers to help vaccinate

Mecklenburg Co. COVID-19 vaccination appointments booked until end of January

NCDHHS partnering with local health officials for large-scale vaccination events

Officials say more than 45,000 vaccines are expected to be given through these events for people currently eligible to be vaccinated.

  Host of problems slows the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in NC

The N.C. Watchdog Reporting Network surveyed local health departments across the state to find out why North Carolina has ranked near the bottom of states in administering the COVID-19 vaccine. We found a lack of manpower, technical problems and logistical hurdles.

  ‘This is something that should be bipartisan’: Nurse speaks to WBTV while receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Holly Wilson, a nurse at a long-term care facility in Matthews, said she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. Wilson spoke to WBTV via Zoom as she was receiving the shot.

  ’They should open vaccinations to ages 65 and over’; NC health officials react to potential changes per CDC

This comes as North Carolina struggles to complete vaccinating its current groups of frontline healthcare workers, longterm care facility residents and workers, and people age 75 and older.

  SC begins vaccinating people 70+, advisory committee says no to prioritizing teachers in next phase

Iredell Health System vaccinates more than 2,600, more planned in coming weeks

‘Your state urgently needs you’: DHEC announces immediate openings to help support COVID-19 vaccination

  ‘Your Spot, Your Shot’: NC health officials share new video encouraging seniors to get vaccinated for the coronavirus

  ‘We are strained but we still have space’: Mecklenburg County hospitals discuss ICU capacity

  Carolinas don’t have vaccine residency requirements, can get vaccinated from either state

  Mecklenburg County creates new partnership to distribute vaccines faster

In effort to distribute vaccines faster, Mecklenburg County has partnered with StarMed Health.

  Pharmacies push for COVID-19 vaccine authorization to help with slow rollout

Pharmacies across the Carolinas say they’re ready to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine.But first they need the authorization from North Carolina state leaders.The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is pushing for that authorization saying there’s no one better for the job than your neigh

Drive-thru vaccine clinic in Rowan County closed early after running out of vaccines

There was a huge turnout Monday morning at the West End Plaza on Jake Alexander Boulevard in Salisbury.

  South Carolinians 70 years and older can begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Jan. 13

South Carolina health leaders and Gov. Henry McMaster announced the start of Phase 1B-1.

  Burke County Public Schools nurses to help health department administer COVID-19 vaccine

The nurses have been trained to give the vaccines and will start this week.

Atrium Health offers COVID-19 vaccine to those 75+ in rural counties

Atrium Health is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to members of the general public in the counties of Cabarrus, Lincoln and Union.

  Push continues to get COVID vaccine to vulnerable groups

In North Carolina, people 75 and older have been able to get their first dose since Wednesday.

  COVID-19 cases reach new record as vaccine opportunities, testing continue across the state

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting a new single day record of 11,581 new COVID-19 cases.

DHEC: S.C. hospitals should begin vaccinating admitted patients 65 and older

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control made a major change to its Phase 1-A in the vaccine distribution process.

  Nearly 900 people get COVID-19 vaccine at Gastonia Farmer’s Market clinic

The Gastonia Farmer’s Market vaccine clinic made strides vaccinating 898 people on Friday.

Some hospitals seek community members to help administer COVID-19 vaccine doses

As healthcare systems ramp up COVID vaccine distributions, some hospitals are calling on community members with prior medical or data gathering experience to help. Tidelands Health officials are opening about 50 temporary positions.

SC hospitals can now vaccinate admitted patients 65 and over

South Carolina’s health department says hospitals can now start vaccinating admitted patients aged 65 and older against COVID-19.

Cabarrus Health Alliance to offer online registration for COVID-19 vaccinations

The online system will open at 11 a.m. today.

COVID-19 testing at Rowan Co. Public Health canceled

Due to inclement weather, COVID-19 testing at Rowan County Public Health has been canceled for today.

  Matthews woman shares story of COVID-19 vaccination experience to encourage others

Matthews resident Connie Green-Johnson spoke to WBTV about receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Vaccinations of seniors continue, Atrium Health announces first COVID-19 vaccine trial

The health department is vaccinating roughly 350 seniors each day and is fully booked through January with 5,000 appointments.

  Mecklenburg County seniors age 75+ get COVID-19 vaccine through health department, hospitals

Seniors 75 years and older can register for the vaccine through the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Atrium Health or Novant Health.

NC National Guard mobilized to help with vaccination efforts across the state

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety announced on Tuesday that 50 National Guard personnel were mobilized to help local health departments with COVID-19 vaccines.

  COVID-19 vaccinations underway for those age 75+ in Mecklenburg County

Counties in the WBTV viewing area are beginning to announce plans for COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

McMaster: Those in Phase 1A have until Jan. 15 to get vaccine or ‘go to back of the line’

McMaster said the state has “identified roadblocks” in the rollout and they are going to fix them to speed up the process.

  Atrium, Novant Health administering COVID-19 vaccine to 75-and-older public

Novant Health and Atrium Health are administering FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine to the public.

Gov. Cooper mobilizes N.C. National Guard to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Gov. Roy Cooper mobilized the North Carolina National Guard to provide support as vaccinations get underway across the state.

  S.C. health agency gets second-round vaccine doses, teachers anxiously await Phase 1B

As of Sunday, 42,000 healthcare workers have been given the vaccine. That number does not include the appointments people are making.

  Demand for COVID-19 testing increases after Christmas and New Year’s holidays

Testing reached a peak ahead of Christmas and again on New Year's Eve.

SC lawmakers pre-file bill looking to ban mandatory vaccinations

The bill states the reason for this change would be to protect the rights of citizens and “prohibit discrimination.”

  Phase 1b of vaccine distribution plan begins across N.C.

North Carolina health officials announced a plan last week on rolling out the COVID-19 vaccinations to residents.

S.C. health officials release spreadsheet on COVID-19 vaccine allocation for first time

Friday night, after Governor Henry McMaster called on the department to be more transparent with data the day prior, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control released new numbers on the allocations received and distributed of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  As North Carolina moves to Phase 1B Monday, South Carolina’s timeline slower

There are a few differences in vaccine efforts across both states.

  Nation’s top doctor addresses concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccine; disparities in Carolinas

With the ongoing pandemic, there is a continued push to address issues related to why Americans feel hesitant in taking a coronavirus vaccine.

McMaster calls on DHEC to provide more information on COVID-19 vaccine count, locations

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has sent a letter to the chairman of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, demanding more information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state.

Gaston County announces COVID-19 vaccination clinic for residents 75 and older

Officials say the clinics will offer vaccinations to any Gaston County resident 75 years or older beginning on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market.

  The life and death choices that determine when you will get vaccinated

As a more infectious strain increases the coronavirus’ deadly threat, federal leaders are sticking to their formula for distributing vaccines in short supply.

  Main Mecklenburg County vaccination clinic to be set up in Charlotte

This clinic starts on Monday Jan. 4 and is currently only for people in the state’s Phase 1a and is by appointment only. No one can just show up.

  2021 travel may include vaccine passport

Smartphone apps are being created to allow users to upload a COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination ahead of 2021 travel.

  Atrium Health tries to combat COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in minority communities

As frontline and essential workers get their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, many people are hesitant to receive the vaccine once it’s their turn.

  Alexander County prepares to move to phase 1b in COVID-19 vaccinations

Health Department officials in Alexander County say they wasted no time after 1200 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived last week.

  How a recent COVID-19 diagnosis could affect when you get the vaccine

Everyday, we talk about how to avoid getting COVID-19 and slowing down the spread. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands.But what about the thousands of people in North Carolina who got the virus and recovered.Is it different for them? And will your diagnosis affect when you get the vaccin

Atrium Health explains COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in detail after WBTV investigation

Atrium Health released a detailed explanation of their COVID-19 distribution plan Monday after a WBTV investigation that uncovered the hospital system was scheduling non-critical employees to receive the vaccine, despite North Carolina regulations.

  Moderna vaccine arrives in South Carolina, assisted living facility starts vaccinating

Monday, about 60 residents and staff at HarborChase in Rock Hill were one of the first to get the vaccine. 40 residents and about 20 staff were some of the first in this area to get the Moderna vaccine.

  Long-term care facilities get green light for first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina

Monday, at least 899 nursing and assisted living facilities in North Carolina were given the green light to start administering their first doses of the vaccine.

  Atrium canceling 97 COVID vaccinations, faces scrutiny over who’s in line next

Some at Atrium Health who were scheduled to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine next month will be delayed, following a controversy this week over non-medical employees being included in the first phase of vaccine distribution.

Rowan County gives first COVID-19 vaccinations

Rowan County Public Health recently gave their first COVID-19 vaccinations.

  Atrium Health administering COVID-19 vaccine to non-critical staff, despite state regulations

Atrium Health is scheduling non-critical employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, despite state regulations aimed at ensuring those who interact with COVID-19 patients and the elderly are inoculated first.

N.C. health officials add vaccination data to COVID-19 data dashboard

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has added data on people vaccinated to their COVID-19 dashboard.

Employers can bar unvaccinated employees from the workplace, EEOC says

The Americans with Disabilities Act limits an employer’s ability to require workers to get a medical examination. But the EEOC’s latest guidance clarifies that getting vaccinated does not constitute a medical exam.

Mecklenburg County Public Health receives COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine arrived Tuesday and health officials say paramedics from Mecklenburg EMS and Public Health vaccine staff will be first in line to receive it.

  Vaccinations continue at N.C. hospitals while pharmacies prepare for long-term care facilities

On Monday, Atrium Health was one of the first in the state to get a shipment of the Moderna vaccine.

Gov. Cooper thanks health care workers at Duke University Hospital, observes COVID-19 vaccinations

Governor Roy Cooper visited Duke University hospital to thank health care workers and observe COVID-19 vaccinations underway.

Atrium Health among first in southeast to receive second FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine

Atrium Health is among one of the first hospitals in the southeastern United States to receive Moderna’s COVID-19, the second vaccine to be approved for emergency use by the FDA.

CVS to soon administer COVID-19 vaccines at nursing homes across N.C.

CVS Health will begin administering coronavirus vaccines at more than 40,000 long-term care facilities across the country, including in North Carolina.

North Carolina prepares to vaccinate nursing home workers

Most of the doses from Moderna will go to staff in long-term care facilities like nursing homes and family care homes.

Teachers should be among first to get COVID-19 vaccine, Rep. Alma Adams urges CDC

Vaccinating teachers would make for “a safer return to in-person instruction, and provides the means necessary for tens of millions of workers to support the economy,” Adams and her colleagues wrote Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC in Atlanta.

’Thank God for those who produced these vaccines’: Sen. Lindsey Graham gets COVID-19 vaccine

It comes less than 24 hours after a second vaccine was approved to be distributed nationwide.

  North Carolina health leaders answer frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine

North Carolina health leaders are answering the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, 2nd shot in arsenal

The Food and Drug Administration was evaluating a shot developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health and was expected to give it the green light soon, clearing the way for its use to begin as early as Monday.

  Nonprofit turns thousands into millions of dollars in medical bill relief

According to the nonprofit, RIP Medical Debt, about 1 in 3 Americans are in medical debt. Each day, about 79 million people must choose between paying those medical bills or paying for necessities like food and shelter.

  S.C. health officials release update on state of COVID-19 vaccine, distribution

This week alone, S.C.’s health agency says 7,000 healthcare workers have already been vaccinated.

  Vaccinations underway at Caldwell County hospital as emergency department has COVID-19 cluster

Frontline healthcare workers at UNC Healthcare Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir began to be vaccinated on Wednesday just as officials identified a cluster of coronavirus cases in the Emergency Department there.