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Drive-thru vaccinations for 75 and older begin in Lenoir County

Published: Jan. 9, 2021 at 12:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2021 at 8:29 PM EST
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KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) - People 75 and older have started receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Lenoir County.

There was a steady stream of cars Monday at the Lenoir County Livestock Arena for those who managed to get registered last week before all of the slots filled up.

Vaccinations will take place throughout the week with the hope of giving 25 shots per hour.

To make an appointment residents 75 and older can call, (252) 526-4202 or (252) 526-4200 ext. 4323, if you’ve already called and left a message Bryan Hanks with Lenoir County said they will get back to you.

Lenoir County residents 75 and older begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine.
Lenoir County residents 75 and older begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine.(WITN)

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The Lenoir County Health Department is pausing registration for the 75-and-older vaccination event.

Lenoir County government announced due to a positive and overwhelming demand by residents for the COVID-19 vaccine, they have filled all the slots for their event.

The event is set to take place Monday through Friday at the Lenoir County Livestock Arena.

To make an appointment residents 75 and older can call, (252) 526-4202 or (252) 526-4200 ext. 4323, if you’ve already called and left a message Bryan Hanks with Lenoir County said they will get back to you.

“Please just have patience with is, there have been a ton, I mean thousands of calls into our system. So just please have patience we will get back to you.”

Bryan Hanks, Lenoir County Public Information Officer

Hanks said from January 11th through the 15th they hope to administer 25 shots per hour, hoping to vaccinate 1,000 or more residents.

People can make appointments for relatives by providing their address, date of birth and phone number.

Residents are encouraged to check the Lenoir County Health Department’s Facebook page for more updates on when the vaccine will be available.

“We are thrilled at the response that we’ve had for the vaccine. However, since we have a limited amount of vaccinations, we need to press ‘pause’ until we can catch up,” Lenoir County Health Department Director Pamela Brown said.

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