NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health is partnering with Coast 97.3’s Bigg B to host a Vax and Snax Block Party this Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Health and Human Services Building, located at 1650 Greenfield Street. Free vaccines, local food trucks, music and medical experts who can answer questions will all be part of this community event. Attendees can choose to receive the Pfizer vaccine (approved for anyone 12 and older) or Johnson and Johnson vaccine (approved for anyone 18 and older). More information about the event is available here.
“This event is really geared toward our younger adults, because they are an age group that is much slower to get vaccinated,” said Assistant Public Health Director Carla Turner, RN. “Many younger adults who are healthy don’t think they need a vaccine, but that isn’t true. They don’t know how their body will respond to the virus if they get it, or who they could pass it along to that could become gravely ill. Also, many people who get COVID-19, even if they are healthy, can have lasting impacts to their lungs and even their heart. So getting the vaccine is important for everyone. And if you need an extra incentive to get vaccinated, the Governor announced today that anyone vaccinated will be automatically entered to win cash prizes.”
In addition to Saturday’s vaccination event, Public Health will continue to operate its vaccine clinic at Independence Mall on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from noon to 7 p.m. COVID-19 vaccines will now also be offered at Health and Human Services’ Public Health Clinic Monday through Friday during regular clinic hours. Moving forward COVID-19 vaccination administration will be incorporated into the clinic’s standard list of services.
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, 50% of residents (approximately 116,289 people) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 46% (approximately 108,299 people) are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 cases continue to be reported in our community and over the last week, 67 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Hanover County for a total of 19,696 since the start of the pandemic. Of that total, 19,334 people have recovered and 176 people have died from the virus. The three residents who died this week were in their 50’s, 70’s and 80’s, and were all at risk of severe illness because of underlying health conditions.
“We are still seeing deaths from this virus, and it is still present in our community,” said Public Health Director David Howard. “It is a stark reminder that we must continue our vaccination efforts to protect our community and to help avoid losing any more of our neighbors. We must think of others, our family and friends, and do what is right – and that is to get vaccinated.”
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.