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Large-Scale COVID Vaccine Events Planned

Several northeastern coastal counties will host large-scale community vaccine events for those currently eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The state Department of Health and Human Services partnered with health systems, health departments and community health centers across the state to provide the more than 45,000 vaccines expected to be given through these events, the department announced Thursday.

DHHS partnered with Albemarle Regional Health Services to provide vaccines at health departments in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. Some locations are providing the vaccine by appointment only.

“The state will continue to support our local health departments and hospitals to get shots in arms faster,” said NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen in a statement. “These partners were selected because they were able to rapidly increase the number of vaccines they could deliver as part of this effort.”

For a full list of counties hosting large-scale vaccine events and where to get a vaccine, visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/findyourspot, part of the new “You have a spot. Take your shot.” initiative to provide information about COVID-19 vaccine development, testing, safety, side effects and reactions.

Partners were selected based the ability to administer a large number of vaccine doses or provide access to vaccine doses to marginalized communities. NC Emergency Management and the National Guard are also providing support in some locations.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be available per the state’s rollout plan and free, regardless of access to health insurance or legal status. As the vaccine rollout moves to next phases, those within earlier prioritization groups will remain eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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