Onslow County announces weekend COVID-19 vaccine clinic for teachers, child-care providers

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 12:29 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2021 at 6:55 PM EST
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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Teachers and child-care workers will have an opportunity this weekend to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Onslow County.

The appointment-only clinic will take place this Saturday, to accommodate educators who work during the week.

It’s a step closer to getting students back into classrooms full-time, said county officials, almost a year since they shifted to at least partial remote instruction.

“We’ll be able to get our educators vaccinated,” said Brent Anderson, spokesperson for Onslow County Schools. “So, we’re looking forward to that opportunity to get our staff taken care of in that regard.”

Health officials also say about 3,400 doses of the vaccine have arrived for three clinics that were canceled due to winter weather impacts in other parts of the country.

“This will allow us to conduct both the first- and second- dose clinics that we have scheduled for the remainder of the week,” said Onslow County Health Director Kristen Richmond-Hoover. “We wanted to make sure that we continue to offer vaccine for those previously active groups, both the healthcare workers and our older adults. So, we’re going to split up our inventory to be able to serve both of those groups.”

About 1,600 rescheduled appointments will resume beginning Thursday in the county.

The doses arrived just in time for the go-ahead from Gov. Roy Cooper for teachers to begin receiving their vaccines starting Wednesday, to hopefully get schools re-opened safely yet again.

But, it’s not clear when that might be. Both Richmond-Hoover and Anderson said the county did not have a firm number in mind for how many teachers would have to get the vaccine to feel comfortable with returning to fully in-person instruction.

“We have a number of staff who have received vaccines in different ways,” said Anderson. “So, we’re not exactly sure how many we have right now. But, we’re going to be looking at what that number is.”

Anyone associated with the school system and child-care providers should call 910-989-5091 to register for an appointment.

For people 65 and above, call 910-989-5027 to make an appointment for the vaccine.

We’re told the county’s second dose clinic got back underway today and will operate Thursday and Friday at the County Government Center.

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