No mass first shot clinics this week in ARHS counties, three second dose clinics Tuesday

[courtesy Town of Nags Head]

Albemarle Regional Health Services says they will not be conducting any mass COVID-19 vaccine first shot clinics this week, after receiving just 1,300 doses for the entire eight county service area.

Second dose clinics for those who got their shots on or before mid-January will be held Tuesday in Currituck, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

“As we continue to move forward in the vaccine campaign, our efforts continue to show we are making an impact on our community and that they are ready to be vaccinated – we have been able to administer 31,006 first doses and 7,673 second doses to date,” said ARHS Health Director R. Battle Betts, Jr..

“While we certainly celebrate this accomplishment, we are disheartened to announce that we will not be able to do mass first dose clinics,” Betts said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

He said the lower allocation is due to limited vaccine nationwide.

“While this is disappointing, especially with the momentum we currently have, we are going to make the, best of the situation and truly target our efforts on those most vulnerable,” Betts said.

“By hosting targeted clinics we will be able to eliminate barriers for racial and ethnic minorities, as well as other marginalized individuals, many of which have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and provide an equitable approach for vaccine distribution,” Betts said.

Details about the dates, times and locations of those targeted efforts have not yet been released.

Second doses for those who got the Moderna initial shot on or before January 15 will take place Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. at Currituck Community Park/YMCA in Maple, Elizabeth City Regional AirPark and Perquimans Recreation Center in Hertford.

ARHS asks patients to attend the clinic in the county where you received your first dose, and bring the vaccine card distributed at the time of your first dose. If you do not have your card, you may experience additional delays, or may be turned away and rescheduled because ARHS has to verify your first dose for your safety.

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