NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – More COVID-19 vaccinations of New Hanover County residents are resulting in reduced virus transmission and decreasing cases, according to Public Health officials. Special events and outreach clinics will be hosted over the next week in addition to regular clinic operations so residents can conveniently get the information they need and a free COVID-19 vaccine.
“The decreasing number of COVID-19 cases of our residents is extremely encouraging, but I must urge our community to keep our eye on the prize, because over the last week we lost three of our residents to COVID-19,” said New Hanover County Health and Human Services Director Donna Fayko. “You can help prevent more senseless deaths from this virus by getting your COVID-19 vaccine, and if you’re not vaccinated yet you can protect those around you by continuing to wear a face covering and social distancing. We’re here to help share information and answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call or visit us at a vaccine clinic to get the information you need.”
Over the last week, 68 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Hanover County for a total of 19,629 since the start of the pandemic. Of that total, 19,200 people have recovered and 173 people have died from the virus. Of the three residents who died this week, two were in their 70’s and one in their 40’s. All were at risk of severe illness because of underlying health conditions.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces opportunity for the virus to mutate and for variants of the virus to spread, further protecting others, especially those at high risk. In New Hanover County, 49.2 % of residents (approximately 115,273 people) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 45.2% (approximately 106,098 people) are fully vaccinated.
Public Health continues to offer walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics each week for people 12 and older, and will be hosting a community vaccine block party on June 12 in partnership with COAST 97.3’s Bigg B. This fun event will have food trucks, music, and free vaccines, and more details are below.
Upcoming COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics through Public Health will be held on the following days, and all sites will offer both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine to choose from:
Tuesday, June 8 – COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Thursday, June 10 – COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Saturday, June 12 – Vax & Snax Block Party and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
New Hanover County Public health walk-up vaccination clinics provide first and second doses. Those who received their first dose outside of North Carolina must bring record of their first dose in order to receive a second dose.
Directions to vaccination site at Independence Mall: enter the main mall entrance facing Independence Blvd. and head toward the Belk wing; the vaccine site is located between Rack Room Shoes and Bath & Body Works. Click here for video instructions.
To view the most recent COVID-19 case count data, vaccine information, and resources in New Hanover County, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus, call our Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800, and follow the county’s trusted social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor.