3/30/2021 3:25:00 AM originally posted March 27th, updated March 30th Got Your Shot Yet?
NCDHHS says over 14% of all NC adults have now been fully vaccinated.
Lincoln County--65 known active cases, 83 deaths Catawba County--16 hospitalized, 293 deaths Gaston County--31 hospitalized, 3 on ventilator, 407 deaths, 5% positive tests Cleveland County--125 active cases, 6 hospitalized, 219 deaths, 5.4% positive tests North Carolina--933 hospitalized, 4.3% positive tests
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
The most asked question lately is "have you got your shot yet?" The reference, of course, is to getting vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
NC Governor Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced Thursday (March 25th) an accelerated timeline that will make the rest of group 4 (4b) eligible to receive vaccinaitons effective Wednesday (March 31st). The update will make all adults eligible beginning April 7th.
“I’m grateful for North Carolinians who are taking this seriously and getting the shot when it’s their time and I’m encouraged that North Carolina will be able to open eligibility to all adults well ahead of the President’s May 1st goal,” said Governor Cooper.
Beginning Wednesday those described as essential workers including those in construction, energy, financial services, public works, etc. will be eligible. All North Carolina adults will be eligible to be vaccinated beginning April 7th.
As vaccine supplies have increased, there are more appointments available for getting vaccinated. In addition to county health departments, who are still dealing with a limited supply, Walgreens, some CVS stores, and in Lincolnton, Keever Pharmacy, are doing vaccinations. Atrium Health Lincoln is continuing giving vaccinations. CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment at Atrium Health.
The Lincoln County Health Dept. will be vaccinating those in all currently eligible groups (including group 4) Wednesday (March 31st) and Thursday (April 1st) at the Health Dept. on Gamble Drive. The appointment slots for these two days will be made available at 9 AM Monday (March 29th) at http://www.lincolncount.org/2355/COVID-19-Vaccination-Information under Schedule an Appointment-Health Department-Lincolnton. For those who do not have internet access, appointments can be made by phone at 704-479-2206. [Update: as of Monday night March 29th, appointments were still available.]
Kintegra Health is also doing vaccinaton clinics in Lincoln and Gaston counties that are open to any currently eligible North Carolina resident. Their next clinic in Lincoln County will be Wednesday (March 31st) 1-3 PM at Covenant Church on the Gastonia Highway. As of early Tuesday mornng (March 30th) appointments for that clinic were still available. They'll have a clinic Thursday (April 1st) in Mt. Holly but all appointments for that one have been taken. To schedule an appointment for the Wednesday clinic at Covenant and to learn about other Kintegra vaccination clinics, visit https://www.kintegra.org/covid-19-vaccination-event-schedule/.
Kintegra is also continuing free tests for COVID-19. They did testing at Kintegra Family Medicine in Lincolnton Monday (March 29th). They'll be doing testing Tuesday (March 30th) 10 - 2 at Kintegra's location at 609 Highland St. in Gastonia; and Wednesday (March 31st) 10 - 2 at Kintegra's location next to the Gaston County Health Dept., 991 W. Hudson Blvd. in Gastonia. Call 704-874-3316 to schedule an appt. for testing.
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