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  • Special First Dose Only Clinic Added on Monday

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    February 15, 2021
    COVID-19 Update
    Special First Dose Only Clinic Added on Monday
    FAYETTEVILLE – The Cumberland County Department of Public Health will offer a special first dose only COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Monday, Feb. 15, to encourage those in Groups 1 and 2 (healthcare workers and individuals 65 and older) to get the vaccine before the partial opening of Group 3 on Feb. 24. 
    The special first dose only clinic will be at the Crown Expo Center (1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., while supplies last. Eligible individuals will receive the Moderna vaccine on a first-come first-served basis. No appointments are required for this special clinic.
    “In the coming weeks, more individuals from our community will become eligible for the vaccine,” said Health Department Director Dr. Jennifer Green. “We want to make sure our most vulnerable population is protected so we have added this special clinic as an opportunity for people in Groups 1 and 2 to get their first dose now.” 
    The County also has drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinics for those in Groups 1 and 2 by appointment blocks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crown Expo Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A standby lane will open at 3 p.m., for those in Groups 1 and 2 without an appointment.

    It is possible to allow standby individuals to receive the vaccination based on no-show appointments. Approximate wait times are not available for the standby lane. Individuals should come prepared to wait. Anyone not able to wait long periods of time should consider requesting an appointment.

    Teachers, childcare center employees and school support staff should not request appointments at this time. Information on the partial opening of Group 3 will be released on our website and social media pages.
    • Monday, Feb. 15                    first dose only of Moderna. First-come, first-served
    • Tuesday, Feb. 16                   second doses only of Moderna and Pfizer
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17             first dose of Moderna and second doses of Moderna and Pfizer
    • Friday, Feb. 19                       first dose of Moderna and second doses of Moderna and Pfizer
    Anyone who has received their first dose at the Crown Expo Center on or before Jan. 26 should request an appointment for their second dose or use the standby lane. Visit co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19vaccine to request an appointment. Call (910) 678-7657 during normal business hours if you need assistance with the form or have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Appointment confirmations will be sent via email or phone. Depending on dose allocation, this could take several days.
    Individuals who received their first dose at the Crown Expo Center on or after Jan. 27 are automatically scheduled for their second dose and do not need to request an appointment.
    Equitable Access
    North Carolina is working to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Earlier this week, Charles Evans, president of the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials and Chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, joined Governor Roy Cooper and N. C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen at a press conference to discuss strategies to engage historically marginalized communities.

    "Some Black and Brown citizens may mistrust the vaccine, and I understand why based on longstanding and continuing racial and ethnic injustices in our health care system," said Commissioner Evans. “I trust the vaccines because they have been tested. They are safe and effective. If we are going to gain control of our lives, we need to get vaccinated.”

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Vaccination Dashboard reports 14% of first doses statewide were given to Black North Carolinians and 31.5% of first doses went into the arms of Black Cumberland County residents.

    erland County is using trusted voices through public service annmouncements to promote the benefits of the vaccine and to share accurate information. This community collaborative project features elected leaders, faith-based community leaders, and other recognizable members from around Cumberland.

    The public can view the announcements on the County’s Youtube channel 
    Visit the County’s vaccination page at co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19vaccine for information or to complete the appointment block request form or call (910) 678-7657 weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Jennifer Green, Public Health Director
    (910) 433-6600