On Thursday, July 29, the Moore County Health Department will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations at West End Presbyterian Church, located at 275 Knox Lane, in the Crawford Center. The event is open to any member of the general public seeking the vaccine and is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with no appointment required.
Ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone age 12-17 seeking a COVID-19 vaccination must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can provide consent. At this time, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized for use by people ages 12-17 years old. COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone, regardless of whether you have health insurance.
North Carolinians 18 and over who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are automatically entered for a chance to win a $1 million cash prize drawing. Additionally, anyone under the age of 18 that has received at least one dose has a chance to win $125,000 for post-secondary education. For more information on North Carolina’s Summer Cash Drawings visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/summervaxcash. The program’s final drawing takes place on August 4.
The Moore County Health Department, located at 705 Pinehurst Avenue in Carthage, continues to offer weekly COVID19 vaccine clinics. Appointments can be made by calling 910-947-SHOT (7468) anytime Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and walk-ins will also be accepted on vaccine clinic days which are held each Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
As new COVID-19 cases have been on the rise over the last few weeks, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging all unvaccinated North Carolinians age 12 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death. More than 94% of recent North Carolina cases are in people who were not fully vaccinated. People who are unvaccinated are at risk for infection by the more contagious and potentially more dangerous Delta variant.
Detailed information about COVID-19 vaccines can be found at www.YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov (English) or www.vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish). To find other vaccine providers near you, anywhere in North Carolina, you can use the vaccine locator tool found at www.myspot.nc.gov.
Feature photo by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer Melissa Schaub.