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Lincoln County COVID-19 Vaccinations
In its initial news release, the Health Department stipulated that anyone with a bleeding disorder or taking blood thinning medications must have an order from their primary-care provider in order to receive the vaccine. After further evaluation, no order will be necessary for those on anticoagulant medication in order to receive a vaccine. It is advised for anyone in this category to consult with their primary-care provider if they have any concerns about receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine prior to making their appointment with the Lincoln County Health Department.

Lincoln County Health Department
Press Release

UPDATE (by Lincoln Herald staff):  Calls to the COVID Hotline to make appointments were at first difficult, now moreso.  They were taking names and phone numbers; we assume to return calls to make appointments.  They have now discontinued taking voicemails.  The first clinic was held Wednesday (Jan. 6th) and we assume others will follow on a weekly basis.  The news release from Jan. 4th (and the Health Dept. part of the County website and Health Dept. Facebook page) did not list the time and place for vaccinations, but then, if you got an appt., you probably got that info when it was made.  We contact the Health Dept. on Friday (Jan. 8th) for an update on the vaccinations and how they are planning to handle them from this point forward.  We have posted an article with the information we were provided:  COVID VACCINATIONS HIT SNAG.

The Lincoln County Health Dept. issued a news release late Monday saying that Lincoln County residents 75 or older will be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination beginning Wednesday (Jan. 6th).  

The news release reads:

A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies are currently limited and will continue to be for the next few months. In order to manage the initial supply and ensure opportunity is given to the appropriate priority groups, the Lincoln County Health Department will be providing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in a rollout process to Lincoln County residents. Currently, we are providing vaccines under the current schedule:

Phase 1a:

a) Frontline health care workers who are working directly with patients and the accompanying staff responsible for sanitation and maintenance in those areas and are not currently under a hospital system vaccination schedule. Vaccination appointments ( for this group) are open now.

b) Employees and residents of congregate living facilities who are not currently enrolled under the state’s contract with CVS or Walgreens. Vaccination appointments (for this group) are open now.

Phase 1b: (Phase 1b is currently separated in to descending priority groups)

a) Group 1 – Anyone 75 years or older. Vaccination appointments (for these elderly residents) will begin January 6, 2021.

b) Group 2 – Health care workers and frontline essential workers 50 years or older. The CDC defines frontline essential workers as first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members, child care workers). Vaccination appointments not open at this time.

c) Group 3 - Health care workers and frontline essential workers of any age. Vaccination appointments not open at this time.

The vaccination schedule for Phase 1b, Group 2, is expected to begin as early as February.

Be advised that the COVID vaccine cannot be administered to anyone currently sick with fever and/or respiratory symptoms; has received any type of vaccine in the previous 14 days; or, has received passive antibody therapy for treatment of COVID-19 in the past 90 days. In addition, persons with any type of bleeding disorder or taking blood thinning medications must have an order from their PCP in order to receive a vaccine.

For the many residents that are not identified in the current rollout priority, more information will be provided at a future date for target groups and when appointment accessibility will be open.

Please be patient and call our COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule Information and Appointment line at 704-479-2202. The LCHD will be taking appointments for the current priority groups Monday through Friday each week from 9 am until 4 pm. Due to the high volume of calls and inquiries about vaccination availability we ask that residents use our information line and press release updates prior to calling the health department. Also note that due to the initial volume of calls, the line(s) may be busy on calls and it may be necessary to call back.

The Lincoln Herald had previously posted vaccination schedules for Catawba County and Gaston County (updated with more information).

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