NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health began vaccinating individuals 75 and older on Thursday, January 7, as the county transitioned into Phase 1b, Group 1 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan. Since December 22, when the county received its first COVID-19 vaccine shipment, Public Health has vaccinated more than 5,400 people in the community; and nearly 2,000 of those have taken place over the past two days for individuals who are 75 and older.
“We are seeing a high demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, which is a good sign,” said Health and Human Services Donna Fayko. “We are committed to reaching everyone in our community who wants the vaccine, but we are going to be limited over the coming months based on the amount of vaccine we receive from the state. We are working as quickly as our vaccine supply will allow, and appreciate the community’s patience as we work through this process.”
All appointments for the vaccine are currently filled and scheduled through Tuesday, January 12, and are limited based on the amount of vaccine the county has been given. Once additional doses of the vaccine are received, more timeslots will be made available for those 75 and older to receive the vaccine and the community will be informed.
Currently, the only authorized COVID-19 vaccinators in New Hanover County are the county’s Public Health Department and NHRMC. In the coming weeks and months, local clinics and physician practices are anticipated to receive authorization from the state to administer the vaccine to their patients as well.
“We look forward to additional resources and healthcare providers being able to assist us with vaccinations,” said Fayko. “It’s going to take all of us working together to ensure we reach everyone who wants a vaccine, and we have a great collaborative and community-focused team to do it.”
Anyone who has an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine with Public Health should come during their reserved one-hour timeslot and do not need to come any earlier. If you have a confirmed reservation, then you are guaranteed to receive the vaccine.
In addition, nothing is needed when someone arrives to get a vaccine. The person will have to complete a short registration form with their name and contact information, as well as a few other questions to ensure they meet the current phase’s criteria. No ID is required or specific documents are required.
COVID-19 Cases & Deaths
To date, there have been 10,508 total cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County, with about 1,699 of those currently infected with the virus. In addition, Public Health has been informed of six additional deaths of residents from COVID-19, bringing the total number of New Hanover County residents who have died from COVID-19 to 98.
The five individuals who died were all at risk of severe illness because of age (ranging in age from 65 to 94 years old), underlying health conditions or both.
New Hanover County is labeled as red in the latest COVID-19 County Alert System, by NC Department of Health and Human Services, meaning the county has critical levels of viral spread. So health officials encourage residents to continue to follow all protective measures like wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distance from others, washing hands often, and avoiding gatherings. These actions are critically important to keep our residents safe.
More information on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, and a current status of what phase New Hanover County is in, can be found at Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus.
To view the most recent case count data, information, updates and resources in New Hanover County, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus, call our Public Health Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800, and follow the county’s trusted social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor.