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Virus vaccine making the rounds in Nash County

Posted on January 18, 2021

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Bobbie Stallings, a nurse at the Nash County Health Department, prepares to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Bobbie Stallings, a nurse at the Nash County Health Department, prepares to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

NASHVILLE — Around 2,650 doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered to residents and front-line professionals across Nash County, according to public health officials.

Nash UNC Health Care has administered around 1,200 doses while the county’s health department brought its total to about 1,450 after holding a first responder vaccination clinic last week, said Bill Hill, director of the Nash County Health Department.

Nash County has charted a total of 7,004 coronavirus cases as of Friday, with 47 current hospitalizations and 130 deaths, according to information provided by Jerome Garner,  the department’s public information officer and health education specialist.

While the reported cases rise, no problems have been associated with the vaccine.

“There have been no adverse reactions reported to either the hospital or the health department,” Hill said.

The majority of health department doses were administered at a Jan. 7 drive-thru clinic with nearly 1,000 residents participating.

“We are extremely pleased with the receptivity of our vaccine inoculation campaign in Nash County,” Hill said. “We are staying ahead of the curve by administering our vaccine on a timely basis. At the current time, we have used between 80 and 85% of all vaccine doses received, and we look forward to increasing these numbers as our vaccine supplies are replenished.”

COVID-19 continues to interrupt life in southern Nash County.

The town of Bailey has closed the lobby of Town Hall due to possible virus exposure. Residents who need to make payments can use the drop box. Payments can be made over the phone from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. on business days. 

Safety concerns over the virus as well as restrictions on gathering sizes led the Middlesex Children’s Home to cancel its annual Home Run 5K. The event typically attracts more than 150 people to the campus each year.

The health department continues vaccinating small groups but plans to hold larger, scheduled vaccination clinics soon.

For more information on COVID-19 and vaccinations, call the Nash County Health Department at 252-459-9819. 

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