Wed Apr 21, 2021

Health department: ‘We’re not going to turn anyone away’ for vaccine [free read]

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The Columbus County Health Department will vaccinate anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine, according to spokesperson Daniel Buck.
“We’re not going to turn anyone away,” Buck said. “Just tell us that you want one.”

Currently, Columbus County is open to Groups 1-4A, including healthcare workers, individuals age 65 and older, frontline essential workers and individuals age 18-64 with a health condition.

The health department is considering officially opening its vaccines to Group 5, or anyone age 18 and older, at the end of the month and will make a decision in around a week, according to Buck.

As of Thursday morning, the Columbus County Health Department has appointments available for a Moderna vaccine. “We just got two really big shipments of Moderna in the last two weeks that we weren’t expecting,” Buck said, with one week at 600 and the other at 400.

The health department did not receive any new first doses this week, but had 400 available on Monday, according to Buck. The second doses still arrived this week.

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In addition, Buck stated that 11 people in the past week didn’t come to their vaccine appointments, and only one called to reschedule. He is asking people to notify the health department of any changes in plan, so it can give the appointment slot to another person.

The health department has been going to manufacturing and larger industries, but is still taking appointments at its office in Whiteville, according to Buck. Call 910-640-6615, ext. 7072 or 7074, to schedule an appointment.

In addition, Walmart in Whiteville will have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine starting Saturday. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/covidvaccine.

McNeill’s Pharmacy in Whiteville will also hold Moderna vaccine clinics next week on Monday, Thursday and Friday, Call 910-642-3065 to reserve a dose.

One case, quarantine at schools

Columbus County Schools again had a single COVID-19 case, this time a staff member at East Columbus High School, spokesman Kelly Jones said Thursday morning.

Whiteville City Schools had only one new quarantine, a staff member at Whiteville High School, according to Superintendent Marc Whichard Thursday morning.

Columbus Charter School had no positive cases, Headmaster Steve Smith reported yesterday morning, as classes resumed yesterday after a break.

Principals of Thomas Academy and Columbus Christian Academy both said they had no cases at their schools Thursday morning.
In other news, NCDHHS on Tuesday also showed stable numbers for the latest outbreak at Liberty Commons, with 85 cases and 10 deaths, and the latest cluster at Whiteville High School, with eight student cases and six staff cases.

Total COVID-19 case and death numbers for the county were not available as of presstime, as the NCDHHS website was not working.

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