NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – With Thanksgiving set for next week and other holiday-related celebrations just around the corner, New Hanover County Health and Human Services is encouraging informed choices and continued safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
“We know how important it is to see loved ones and celebrate holiday traditions but being vigilant and practicing good safety measures is equally as important to keep everyone safe,” said Health Director David Howard. “Our COVID metrics have come down because of the commitment throughout our community to get vaccinated and be mindful of other safety precautions. Getting vaccinated and continuing those practices will be crucial in navigating these gatherings and keeping everyone involved from getting sick. If you are in a crowded location, and especially if you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to wear a mask and distance from others as much as possible. And if you are feeling under the weather at all, please stay home and do not expose others to a possible illness.”
COVID-19 vaccines for anyone ages 5 and up continue to be offered at both the Health and Human Services Clinic (1650 Greenfield Street) and Independence Mall (3500 Oleander Drive). The Health and Human Services Clinic is open Monday and Wednesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The Independence Mall clinic will be open Monday and Friday from noon-5 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Thursday from noon-7 p.m. Please note, these clinics will not be open on November 25-26 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Appointments to get vaccinated can be scheduled by visiting TakeMyShot.nc.gov and are strongly encouraged for all types of COVID vaccines (pediatric, adult, and boosters). Walk-ups will be accepted at both locations and vaccines will be administered based on availability.
Additionally, other safety measures can be taken at gatherings over the coming weeks to help reduce possible viral transmission:
COVID-19 Community Data, as of November 18:
View additional COVID-19 information and data at Health.NHCgov.com.