Health department opens vaccine registration 65 and older

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced last week that vaccine providers who are ready may begin vaccinating adults 65 years and older.

The Moore County Health Department will open pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination to include anyone age 65 years or older regardless of medical condition or living situation starting at 8:30 a.m. on January 20. Individuals may pre-register online anytime at www.moorecountync.gov/shot or by calling 910-947-SHOT (7468) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Individuals can then expect a phone call from a health department representative to schedule a vaccination appointment for an upcoming vaccine clinic being held at the health department in Carthage on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for the month of January and beyond as vaccine is available.

Those who are 75 years of age or older will have priority in scheduling. The Moore County Health Department will continue to work through its list of individuals age 75 years and older for whom pre-registration began January 8 and will continue to operate on a first-come, first-serve basis by age and the order in which individuals have completed their pre-registration.

FirstHealth and other area providers continue to work through their list of 75-year-old and older people who are interested in receiving a vaccine before contacting patients age 65-74. Scheduling for additional age groups is contingent upon an increase in vaccine supply from the state.

An appointment is required for all FirstHealth and Moore County Health Department vaccine clinics. Due to volume and vaccine availability, vaccine clinics cannot accommodate walk-ins.

“We will continue to schedule appointments for our 75 and older folks as we work our way down the list to those in the 65-74 age range,” says Health Director Robert Wittmann. “We ask that everyone please be patient as it may be some time before you receive a call to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

 

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