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Nash County expands virus vaccine rollout

Posted on March 22, 2021

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Disposed syringes are shown following a March mass vaccination clinic in Wilson County.

Drew C. Wilson | Times file photo

Disposed syringes are shown following a March mass vaccination clinic in Wilson County.

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NASHVILLE — Nash County has begun scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for the first part of Group 4, including people with high-risk medical conditions.

High-risk conditions can include asthma, cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, heart conditions, pregnancy, diabetes and a weakened immune system. The rest of Group 4, essential workers who are not yet vaccinated, will be able to schedule appointments beginning April 7.

All county providers have administered a combined total of 18,630 first-dose shots. The second-dose total is 9,508. People who have received their second dose are now fully vaccinated, and this number is greater than 10% of Nash County’s population.

Nash County Health Director Bill Hill has reported a total of 10,183 first- and second-dose shots administered by the health department alone. 

“We are using our entire allocation every week, proving that there is a need for vaccine in our area,” Hill said. “In the next few weeks, we hope to receive special event vaccine that we will administer at clinics for local industry and our agricultural community.”

People continue to be infected. The county has reported a total of 9,726 cases with 88 new cases in the last few days, and 16 people were hospitalized as of Friday. 

A total of 172 people in Nash County have died of the virus, according to information provided by Jerome Garner, the county health department’s public health education specialist.

A list of Nash County vaccine providers can be found at www.nashcountync.gov. Anyone eligible and interested in receiving a vaccine from the Nash County Health Department can call the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 252-462-2079. 

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