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Nash County rolling out virus vaccines

Posted on February 22, 2021

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NASHVILLE — Nash County health care providers are set to receive 1,600 first-round doses of coronavirus vaccine this week.

The Nash County Health Department will receive and administer 400 of those doses via vaccine clinics in Rocky Mount and Nashville, said County Manager Zee Lamb.

“The more vaccine all the providers listed can administer, the more future allocations we will all receive from the state,” Lamb said.

The county still has a wait list with its older-than-65 population and has a pressing need to vaccinate school personnel in the coming weeks, so the anticipated vaccine availability at three Walgreens pharmacies in Nash County should help the supply, Lamb said.

“The Walgreens vaccine is additional vaccine and is the result of a direct contract between the federal government and Walgreens,” Lamb said. “Nash County government is committed to continuing to work with our state and local partners to provide vaccinations as soon as possible.”

County officials were tracking dose counts last with an expected 1,200 shots. The doses were sent to the following agencies and organizations:

• The Nash County Health Department received 500 doses.

• Nash UNC Health Care received 400 doses.

• Bailey Pharmacy received 100 doses.

• Harvest Family Health Center received 100 doses.

• The Opportunities Industrialization Center’s OIC Family Medical Center at CHP received 100 doses.

Nash County has seen a total of 9,022 coronavirus cases and 166 deaths. A dozen people remain hospitalized Nash UNC Health Care as of Friday, according to information provided by Jerome Garner, public health education specialist and public information officer for the Nash County Health Department.

Tar River Transit is offering free vaccination appointment service, according to information provided by Jessie Nunery, the city’s media relations specialist.

“The city of Rocky Mount continues to prioritize the safety and well-being of its citizens,” Nunery said. “To assist with COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, the city’s Tar River Transit service is offering free rides to those with scheduled appointments to drive-up sites.”

Transportation to vaccination sites in Nash and Edgecombe counties is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The free rides will be available until at least June 30.

Residents interested in transportation to and from vaccination sites can call Tar River Transit at 252-972-1174, 252-972-1514, 252-972-1515, 252-972-1516 or 252-972-1517.

All appointments must be scheduled the day before a ride. 

Health care facilities may also call and schedule transportation on behalf of their patients. 

Visit www.tarrrivertransit.org for more information about general routes and services. 

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