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Nash sees increase in virus vaccine doses

Posted on March 8, 2021

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Nash County Board of Education member Doneva Chavis receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a Feb. 26 mobile clinic. Nearly 20,000 first and second doses have been administered in Nash County. For more information about receiving a vaccination, call the county's COVID-19 hotline at 252-462-2079.

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Nash County Board of Education member Doneva Chavis receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a Feb. 26 mobile clinic. Nearly 20,000 first and second doses have been administered in Nash County. For more information about receiving a vaccination, call the county's COVID-19 hotline at 252-462-2079.

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NASHVILLE — The Nash County Health Department received one of its largest shipments of first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations last week.

Several clinics are scheduled to administer the 1,100 doses, said Nash County Health Director Bill Hill.

“We have demonstrated a need for the vaccine in our community and a willingness from our citizens to roll up their sleeves and become protected,” Hill said. “In addition, the Nash County Health Department has a proven record of administering every dose in its weekly state allotment. I feel like this is why the state has been willing to honor our request for more vaccine.”

The county continues its clinic at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. The reoccurring clinic is the product of a partnership between Nash County and Ebenezer Baptist Church to make the vaccine available in an underserved area of the county. 

Since clinics began at the church, the overall percentage of Nash County vaccinations going to Black residents has increased to more than 31%, according to state figures.

Clinics also continue at the Nash County Health Department, bringing last week’s first and second dose total to 1,860 shots. So far, the health department has administered around 6,500 total shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, Hill said.

The health department also hosted a follow-up clinic on Friday for Nash County Public Schools employees. Teacher vaccinations began two weeks ago with a clinic for the school system and local private schools.

The Nash County Health Department wasn’t the only recipient of additional doses. Two new agencies have been added to the growing list of vaccine providers in the county.

Eastern North Carolina Medical Group and the Harris Teeter pharmacy, both in Rocky Mount, will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Altogether, Nash County providers have administered nearly 20,000 first and second doses combined.

Anyone interested in receiving the vaccine from the Nash County Health Department can call the COVID-19 hotline at 252-462-2079. 

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