Southern High vaccination clinic to run weekdays as long as needed
Some 200 people ages 65 and up got their first dose of coronavirus vaccine Tuesday during Durham's first mass clinic.
North Carolina's cove in numbers are still high, however, they are moving in the right direction. The number of new cases per day is going down, and the number of people getting the vaccine is going up. New numbers released by the state today show 344,000 people in North Carolina have now received their first dose. 60,000 MAWR have received both shots right now on W. R E l. We look at what's stopping those numbers from climbing even higher. Thank you for joining us. I'm Debra Morgan and I'm David Crabtree, a promising step in the mission to have as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. Durham's first mass vaccination side open today for people 65 older, and it should mean vaccines for thousands of people each week. W. R. Ailes Durham reporter Sara Krueger joining Us Live now at that site, Southern High School. How did it go today, Sarah David. I talked to some people as they were leaving this site here, and they tell me that everything is going really smoothly here, So that is excellent news. The Health Department has asked us to stay way back, but those vaccines are still being administered right now inside Southern High School. The hours of this site Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. To 8 p.m. And organizers tell me they will stay open for as many days or weeks as they are needed. Getting an appointment at the Southern High School Clinic was tough. Some viewers tell us they called upwards of 100 times, but only got this. We're sorry. Your call did not go through. Please try your call again later. Some did look out and get a spot. It is a great feeling, like Steve McEwan, who we spoke to just after he got his shot. I feel a little safer. I know we can't lose the mass. We have to be Justus vigilance we were before, but I feel safer that I could be around my grandkids a little better. This video shows the vaccine site inside Southern High School. It is run jointly by Duke Health and the county Health Department. We're really excited about this, Duke regional President Katie Galbraith says. Duke nurses here will vaccinate around 200 people a day in the beginning, with that number eventually climbing to several 100 a day. It is pulling from our team members who are already overstretched at the hospitals and at our health departments. Um, but we're going to make it happen because this is important for our communities, she says. The location of the site is deliberate to try to serve those who need it most. But we wanted this Southern in particular, uh, which is located in an area where we thought we could draw more from some of those neighborhoods that have historically been marginalized. And for those coming here to get the shot, Duke regional President Katie Galbraith says, You could expect all of this to take about 30 minutes to an hour. It will be on the upper range of that if you are someone with severe allergies, just because they want to keep monitoring you for long.