The number of people who are eligible to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccinations has increased significantly as the state now says those with one or more conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID disease and people living in any kind of congregate housing are eligible. Older adults, first responders, teachers and child care workers, and so-called frontline workers--those whose job puts them in contact with the public--had already been eligible. The newly eligible group 4a includes those with diabetes, a heart condition, those with hypertension, pregnant women, and anyone is now or has been a smoker. Group 4b, others who work in essential industries but don't deal much with the public, will become eligible April 7th.
The good news is that the supply of vaccine is increasing and the number of places where those who want can get one of the vaccines.
The Lincoln County Health Dept. will hold another vaccinaton clinic this Thursday and Friday at its location on Gamble Drive, but all appointments for that event have been filled.
Lincoln County residents can still get vaccinated at Atrium Health Lincoln [CLICK HERE to register for an appointment and to learn about other Atrium Health vaccination events], although appointments there may take several days or weeks to get; at Walgreens; and at clinics being held by Kintegra Health. While you can attend clinics in other counties held by Kintegra, the next one in Lincoln County will be next Wednesday (March 24th) 1 - 3 PM at Covenant Church on the Gastonia Highway. A clinic is also scheduled at the Alexis Fire Dept. on Highway 27 in Alexis 9 AM - 3 PM next Friday March 26th. While that's in Gaston County, any North Carolina resident can get vaccinated there. Appointments were also still available for that clinic as of early Thursday (March 18th). CLICK HERE https://kintegrahealth.simpletix.com/e/65584 for information on other Kintegra Health vaccination clinics and to schedule an appointment.
Catawba County Public Health, Catawba Valley Health System and Frye Regional Medical Center will continue to provide a joint vaccination appointment request process through www.CatawbaVaccine.org.
Individuals in the newly eligible Group 4 (as well as those in groups 1 - 3) may request appointments online through www.CatawbaVaccine.org . No appointments will be made by phone. Individuals seeking appointments online will answer a few questions to determine their eligibility before providing their contact information. When an appointment becomes available, they will be contacted by a scheduler to coordinate their appointment date and time. Individuals without internet access may call the Catawba County COVID-19 Referral Line at 828-282-2002, where a referral specialist can assist with completing the online appointment request form.
Due to limited vaccine supply and anticipated high demand, those who request appointments through www.CatawbaVaccine.org should expect to wait a few weeks before appointments become available. Additional members of Group 4 (essential workers not already vaccinated) will become eligible on April 7th, according to the state.
Gaston County residents can register with Gaston County Public Health for appointments for vaccinations there at GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine.
Cleveland County residents can schedule an appointment with Cleveland County Public Health by calling the COVID Vaccine Appointment Line at 980-484-6019 Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.