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Hospital provides community vaccination clinics

Posted on April 12, 2021

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Hal Usher of Wilson Medical Center holds a vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

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Hal Usher of Wilson Medical Center holds a vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

ROCKY MOUNT — With all North Carolina adults now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, Nash UNC Health Care and local health departments have been ramping up vaccination efforts in the community.

While vaccine appointments were scarce only a few weeks ago, there are now a variety of options. To help community members find out which option is best for them, Nash UNC has established a phone line that provides information for all vaccination clinics offered in partnership with the hospital. Nash UNC is also offering vaccinations to homebound individuals through this phone line.

“After receiving data and community feedback, we found that location and a trusted source are the driving factors for individuals to get vaccinated,” said L. Lee Isley, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care. “With this feedback, we worked to partner with local churches and other community partners to offer vaccination clinics at their sites.  We’ve worked with their staff and volunteers to conduct outreach to their networks, provide vaccine education and get them scheduled for vaccination.”

This phone line will provide information about various clinics in the area and will serve as a way for community members to schedule their vaccine appointment.

Nash UNC’s Community Vaccination Line is 252-962-8624. To schedule a vaccination appointment at one of Nash UNC’s community vaccine clinics (locations vary from week to week), community members may call and follow the directions below.

• Leave a voicemail with your full name, date of birth and best contact number.

• Specify the clinic you wish to attend, as multiple clinics are offered each week. If you’re unsure of current clinic locations and vaccination opportunities, or if you are homebound and unable to travel to a vaccination clinic, note this in your message and a Nash UNC team member will call you to discuss vaccination options.

• A member of the Nash UNC vaccine scheduling team will call you back as soon as possible, often during normal business hours, to schedule your appointment.

People who prefer to be vaccinated in a doctor’s office setting can call 984-215-5485 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays or visit www.yourshot.org to schedule an appointment through Eastern North Carolina Medical Group or another nearby UNC Health primary care provider.

Nash UNC’s vaccine website, www.nashunchealthcare.org/vaccine, includes all of this information, as well as information on other community vaccination resources such as the Nash County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline and registration link, the Edgecombe County Health Department’s phone numbers and webpages and links to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services vaccine locator site, which provides vaccination sites by ZIP code. Nash UNC’s vaccine website also includes vaccine education information in English and Spanish.

“Although the vaccine helps us take a big step toward normal life again, we encourage everyone to continue doing their part to keep communities in the region safe from COVID-19. Please continue to wash your hands, wear a mask and social distance,” said Isley.

Cases of COVID are still quite active in the Twin Counties despite the increase in vaccinations. As of April 5, 27 patients were hospitalized at Nash UNC with COVID complications.

“We saw a brief decrease in COVID patients at Nash UNC Health Care in February, with our inpatient COVID census getting down to the mid-teens for a few weeks,” said Isley.  “However, cases requiring hospitalization crept back up in March and have been hanging in the high 20s and low 30s for the past few weeks. We must encourage folks to get vaccinated and to seek early treatment if they test positive for COVID-19.”

For more information on COVID vaccines and how to schedule an appointment, visit NashUNCHealthCare.org/Vaccine, where various vaccine options are listed.

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