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Some Wake County residents run into issues receiving COVID-19 vaccine booster over the weekend

Posted October 24, 2021 5:12 p.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2021 7:46 p.m. EDT

— Anyone eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot can make an appointment to get one in Wake County starting Monday. But, some people who tried to get the shot over the weekend ran into issues.

Tony Gurley, with Glenwood South Pharmacy Market, said he's already seen a handful of people come into the pharmacy to get a booster shot.

"I'm very happy to see that happening," said Gurley. "It's also very important because a large percentage of the population haven't gotten their first shot yet."

But Mary Miltenberger has received both COVID-19 shots, and tried to get her booster shot with her husband and son over the weekend to no avail.

Miltenberger said she's frustrated.

She added that she drove to Wake County Southern Regional Center expecting to get her shot and was denied.

"Why can Walgreens and CVS give it, but the county health centers cannot? That's bologna," she said.

Kimberly Shelton also said she's frustrated with how Wake County has handled the situation, especially for those who are are 'computer-compromised' like her 81-year-old mother.

"People that are 'computer-compromised' like my mother, who is 81 years old and didn't grow up in the computer age, this is probably not a good thing," said Shelton. "We knew this was coming all week long, so for them to be behind the game, I'm a little disappointed."

Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Matt Calabria said county leaders are pleased to offer residents the opportunity to receive booster doses of all brands, and will continue to make it as convenient as possible for everyone to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine as well.

“As we enter the cooler months, we are pleased to offer residents the opportunity to receive booster doses of all brands to better protect themselves and the community from infection,” said Calabria.

Those getting the shot don't need to go back to the site where they received the first two doses. All five of Wake County Public Health’s vaccine clinics will be offering all brands. Recipients must bring their vaccine card. There is no cost, no identification and no proof of medical condition or employment required.

Coronavirus vaccinations in NC

Starting Monday, anyone wanting a booster shot can make an appointment at one of the clinics, which offer slots six days a week and include evening and Saturday hours. No walk-ins are permitted. Those interested can also call the N.C. COVID-19 Help Line at 1-888-675-4567.

All the clinics are open six days a week and include evening and Saturday hours.

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