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2nd vaccine doses given, more on the way

Posted on February 1, 2021

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The Nash County Health Department, N.C. National Guard, local law enforcement officers and county employees joined forces last week to administer second-dose coronavirus vaccines to almost 900 people at Nash Central High School.

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The Nash County Health Department, N.C. National Guard, local law enforcement officers and county employees joined forces last week to administer second-dose coronavirus vaccines to almost 900 people at Nash Central High School.

NASHVILLE — Nearly 900 people in Nash County received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week.

This includes a second dose clinic for everyone vaccinated at the Jan. 7 drive-thru clinic. 

For the next few weeks, COVID-19 vaccine recipients will receive automated phone calls giving them instructions on how to receive their second dose, said Bill Hill, director of the Nash County Health Department.

The health department has administered all of its first dose supply. Hill is working with state officials to secure additional shipments for Nash County.

“We certainly achieved our goal of administering as much vaccine as possible in a very short period of time, and we look forward to continuing these vaccination clinics once our supplies are replenished,” Hill said. “I’ve heard from many other counties also experiencing vaccine shortages. The state plans to address this issue with their federal resources.” 

County officials thanked Nash County Emergency Services, the county’s parks and recreation and senior services departments, the county manager’s staff and N.C. National Guard members. Health officials said the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and Rocky Mount and Nashville police departments provided essential help during the last few weeks of clinics.

Nash County Public Schools has allowed Nash Central High School in Rocky Mount to host the drive-thru vaccination clinics. 

“The Nash County Health Department has been front and center since the beginning of the pandemic,” said County Manager Zee Lamb. “Thanks to their nurses, clinical support staff and everyone making these clinics happen.”

Nash County has seen a total of 7,675 coronavirus cases and 139 deaths. Fifty patients were hospitalized at Nash UNC Health Care as of Jan. 27, according to information provided by Jerome Garner, public health education specialist and public information officer for the Nash County Health Department.

For more information on COVID-19 and vaccinations, visit www.nashcountync.gov or call the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 252-462-2079. 

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