Vaccination opportunities grow

The Columbus County Health Department has multiple resources for dealing with COVID-19 on its social media platforms.
The Columbus County Health Department has multiple resources for dealing with COVID-19 on its social media platforms.

As vaccine supplies increase, so have opportunities to get vaccinated.

The state Department of Health and Human services announced on Thursday that the remainder of Group four will be eligible for vaccinations starting March 31, and all adults over 16 can get vaccinated starting April 7. 

The remainder of Group Four includes more essential workers and those living in other congregate settings, like student dormitories. The added essential workers include frontline workers and workers who do not have to be in-person for work, such as construction, energy, financial services and public works. Previously eligible groups – health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, people 65 and older, frontline essential workers, and higher risk people – will continue to be prioritized, the DHHS said in a press release.

Locally, several different vaccination opportunities have been announced.

The Columbus County Health Department is accepting appointments for anyone over 16 who wants a shot. The Moderna vaccine will be available by appointment today (Monday) and April 1. Call 910.640.6615 extension 7072 or 7074 for an appointment.

The Health Department also has a vaccine clinic in Eastern Columbus this week. Starmed will administer the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at Riegelwood Community Park on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Anyone over 16 can receive the shot. Call Starmed at 980.445.9818 to register.

 UNC Southeastern in Lumberton will host walk-in clinics March 30 and April 2-3, 7 and 9-10. Hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The clinic is located at 2901 N. Elm St., Lumberton, and will offer first dose vaccinations at no cost. Appointments may also be scheduled by visiting srmc.org and registering with MyChart.

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