From the Cumberland County Department of Public Health:
Health Director Dr. Jennifer Green updated the Board of Commissioners this morning on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Cumberland County. As of this morning’s board meeting, the Cumberland County Department of Public Health has administered 10,500 first and second vaccine doses.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 22,294 Cumberland County residents have received their first does and 6,428 have received their second doses for a total of 28,722 vaccinations to date.
“The number administered is skewed because both the health department and Cape Fear Valley Health System administer doses to individuals regardless of residency, and we have seen an influx of out-of-county residents and even out-of-state residents coming to Cumberland County for their vaccine. It also does not include numbers administered in long-term care facilities through CVS and Walgreens or those vaccinated by the Veterans Affairs and Fort Bragg,” Green said.
NCDHHS has changed the way vaccines will be allocated to counties. For the next three weeks, Cumberland County will be given at least 1,000 first doses each week as a baseline. The state is providing counties the opportunity to receive additional doses based on equity, and Cumberland will receive 600 additional doses for the week of Feb. 1. Second dose allocations will match first doses.
“To ensure vaccines are being administered, counties that have a disproportionately older population or historically marginalized communities can receive additional doses that are either allocated directly to providers or will be sent to state-sponsored events,” Green said.
Based on the state vaccination plan, the Health Department is vaccinating people in Groups 1 and 2, which includes health care workers with direct patient contact, long-term care staff and residents, and individuals ages 65 and older.
For the week of Feb. 1, the department will hold the following drive-thru clinics at the Crown Complex from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., while supplies:
- Tuesday, Feb. 2 – second doses only of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
- Wednesday, Feb. 3 – first doses of the Moderna vaccine and second doses of Pfizer and Moderna. Due to the supply, no first doses of Pfizer will be issued.
Appointment blocks run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. After 1 p.m., vaccinations are given on a standby basis for the eligible groups.
- Thursday, Feb. 4 – first doses of Moderna. First-come, first-served with no appointment blocks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last.
“We know it may be challenging for those who do not have computers to make an appointment so this special clinic on Thursday will be first-come, first-served. You do not need an appointment,” Green said.
- No clinic will be held Friday, Feb. 5. Instead, the Health Department will be administering the vaccine at long-term care facilities that did not register in the federal partnership program.
“We anticipate we won’t have enough first doses to plan a Friday clinic this week,” said Green.
Find a Ride
The public can request transportation assistance when making an online appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. Individuals who select the option for assistance with transportation to the vaccination site will be contacted by the Cumberland County Community Transportation Program after their appointment has been scheduled.
Same-day transportation appointments cannot be accommodated.
Visit the County’s vaccination page at co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19vaccine for information or to complete the appointment block request form or call (910) 678-7657 weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.