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Local hospitals giving second vaccine doses to health workers

Posted January 5, 2021 5:50 a.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2021 6:16 a.m. EST

— On Tuesday, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center will begin giving frontline workers their second coronavirus vaccines.

The Fayetteville hospital just opened two more COVID-19 units as cases in North Carolina spike and more patients need treatment.

The second shipment of doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center late last week and was placed in cold storage. People who got their first dose in mid-December had to wait 21 days before receiving the second dose.

Both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, the two available in the U.S., require two doses for optimal efficacy.

Doctors at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center said it’s encouraging to see the vaccination process continue for their healthcare workers.

Other hospitals in our area are also in the process of giving out their second doses of vaccines. UNC’s healthcare workers who got their first dose in December will get their second dose Tuesday, and Duke will start giving out their second doses Sunday.

North Carolina is currently in phase 1b of vaccinations, which allows senior citizens 75 and older and more essential workers to get vaccinated. However, many counties, including Wake, don't have enough vaccines to begin vaccinating senior citizens.

A plan to vaccinate group 1b is in the works, but the current focus remains on vaccinating health workers and people who live and work in group care facilities like nursing homes.

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