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Thursday's COVID-19 vaccine clinic at PNC Arena rescheduled

Posted February 16, 2021 1:27 p.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2021 6:54 a.m. EST

— A drive-thru vaccination clinic at PNC Arena on Thursday has been rescheduled for Monday due to an anticipated ice storm.

The first clinic of the week was held Wednesday, and another will be held Saturday.

Thursday's appointment-only clinic will be held on Monday, Feb. 22. Anyone scheduled to get the shot Thursday who is not available to get vaccinated Monday should contact the COVID-19 call center at 919-250-1515.

A total of 4,300 shots are set to be administered at three PNC Arena events this week. Officials said 3,325 doses will come from the county health department's weekly allotment, with the other 975 coming from WakeMed's allotment.

The shots will be administered by appointment only, with county officials contacting people on the vaccination waiting list to assign them appointment times.

More than 2,000 people were inoculated against coronavirus at clinics outside PNC Arena last Thursday and Saturday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told state health officials that winter storms across the U.S. will likely delay North Carolina's weekly shipment of coronavirus vaccine. In North Carolina, freezing rain is expected to result in power outages and downed trees overnight Wednesday and all day Thursday, especially north of Interstate 85, where up to a half inch of ice accumulation is expected.

Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services said they are working with vaccination providers to minimize the disruption.

Halifax County officials said they were canceling vaccination appointments on Wednesday because they haven't received doses to give any shots.

"As soon as we receive vaccine, we will allow all who were scheduled to be prioritized for the first possible vaccination date. At present time, we do not know when we might receive vaccine," Halifax County officials said in a statement.

Fort Bragg officials also halted planned vaccinations on Wednesday because no vaccine was available there either.

More than 1.8 million vaccinations have been administered in North Carolina since mid-December, according to DHHS. That means 12 percent of all North Carolinians have received at least one of the two required doses, and 5.4 percent are fully vaccinated.

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