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Vidant Health expands vaccine clinic locations

Published: Jan. 24, 2021 at 3:26 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2021 at 11:05 AM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Vidant Health says it is expanding COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations here in Eastern Carolina.

The hospital system already has a large-scale vaccination site operating at the Greenville Convention Center.

Now, Vidant says it will open clinic locations in Tarboro, Wallace, and Wilson for those eligible.

The new locations are expected to give out some 50 shots a day and appointments are required.

The locations are at the Vidant Multispecialty Clinic – Tarboro, Vidant Family Medicine – Wallace, and Vidant Immediate Care located inside Vidant Healthplex – Wilson.

To obtain an appointment, you should call 252-847-8000, or by going to this web site.

MONDAY STORY

A large-scale vaccination site hopes to innoculate more than 4,000 people this week in Greenville.

Vidant Health, the Pitt County Health Department, ECU and other organizations launched the vaccine site at the Greenville Convention Center that opened Monday morning.

Arthur Schupbach got his shot then, and said it was efficient, smooth and friendly.

“It’s the beginning,” he said. “It’s the beginning of the end, hopefully.”

“This is a dose of hope, and people feel that,” added Michael Waldrum, the CEO at Vidant Health.

Waldrum said the whole process takes about 30 minutes. He hopes as time goes on, they will be able to ramp up the operation and vaccinate 3,000 people a day.

Congressman Dr. Greg Murphy also was there Monday to volunteer.

“This is just really a foundation to be able to move forward and get people in Eastern North Carolina vaccinated,” he said.

Vaccinations are by appointment only. At this time, all available vaccine appointments have been filled, according to Vidant Health’s website.

SUNDAY UPDATE

Vidant Health had a ‘soft opening,’ on Sunday in preparation for Monday’s large-scale vaccine site at the Greenville Convention Center.

Sunday’s soft launch was for officials to make sure their plans and layout for this week’s vaccination efforts will go smoothly, according to a Vidant spokesperson. The spokesperson said they anticipate vaccinating a total of more than 4,000 eligible residents this week.

Vidant Health, Pitt County, ECU and other organizations teamed up to launch and operate a large-scale vaccine site at the Greenville Convention Center that will officially open on Monday, Jan. 25.

Vaccinations are by appointment only. At this time, all available vaccine appointments have been filled, according to Vidant Health’s website.

More than 8,000 people have preregistered according to officials on Wednesday during Pitt County Health Department’s weekly COVID-19 briefing.

The health system will follow an appointment system to make sure they don’t schedule people too far out without knowing how much will be distributed in the supply chain, from the federal government to the state to eastern North Carolina.

Congressman Greg Murphy said he will volunteer at the site on Monday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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