Fri Oct 22, 2021

CRHS, health department vaccines fully booked [free read] 


Columbus Regional Healthcare System booked up its available COVID-19 vaccine appointments in just an hour and a half Wednesday morning, according to spokesperson Stephanie Miller. 

Individuals aged 65 and older could call the hospital’s hotline starting today (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. By 10:30 a.m., there were no more doses available. 

CRHS announced the hotline on Tuesday, offering 200 doses to the first callers. “We will not allow any vaccine to go to waste and will give out as many as the state proves,” the press release stated. 

CRHS promised to reopen the hotline, at 910-642-1554, once it received more vaccine doses from the state. 

Health department also booked

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In addition, the Columbus County Health Department stopped scheduling COVID-19 vaccines one day after reopening appointments on Monday. Scheduling will resume on Feb. 15, according to spokesperson Daniel Buck. 

“We are booked for every dose that we are scheduled to receive through then,” he said. “We are only sure that we will get the same number of doses for the next three weeks.”

Director Kim Smith told the Columbus County Board of Commissioners on Monday that the state had guaranteed the health department 200 doses each week for the next three weeks.

Buck added that the health department would likely reopen for scheduling vaccine appointments the week of Feb. 15, which is a Monday, and promised to keep the county updated on Facebook. 

Editor’s note: The original version stated that Health Director Kim Smith spoke with the county commissioners on Friday. That is incorrect, as it was Monday.

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