Supply outpaces demand: It's easier than ever to find a COVID-19 vaccine
Posted April 21, 2021 9:27 a.m. EDT
Updated April 22, 2021 7:30 a.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — The Durham County Department of Public Health is hosting all-day walk-in clinics on Thursday and Friday to give out Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
The clinics will be held April 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Durham County Health and Human Services Building at 414 E. Main St. No appointments are necessary.
People 16 and older can receive a vaccine, although teenagers under 18 will need an adult present. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to people under 18, and everyone else will be able to pick which vaccine brand they want as long as supplies last.
The clinic is only one of many with plenty of vaccines available. Durham and other counties, including Wake and Cumberland, said fewer people have been seeking vaccines. A month ago, people were waiting in cars for hours, showing up at clinics as early as 3 a.m. Now, you may not even have to wait in line.
On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper and state Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen said they hope to lift more restrictions by June 1, but it depends on more of the state getting vaccinated.
Supply has started to outpace demand in certain parts of the state, and Cohen hopes to boost participation through an information campaign and a message of a swifter return to summer activities.
“We are at an exciting moment. We now have enough vaccine for everyone,” Cohen said. “Supply is strong and stable, it's widely available and, in most places, you don't need to wait or have an appointment.”
Cooper said two-thirds of adults in North Carolina need to have at least one dose of a vaccine in order to lift restrictions. Right now in our state, 47.1 percent of all adults have had at least one shot. To get to the two-thirds goal, about 1.3 million more adults need to get at least one shot.
Rod Jenkins, Durham County's health director, said Thursday's event is the first walk-in mass vaccination event Durham Public Health has offered.
“We are excited to offer this quick and convenient option for community members to come get vaccinated,” said Jenkins. “We look forward to creating more walk-in options very soon."
People can still make an appointment to get vaccinated at that site and others by calling 919-560-HELP (4357). You do not need to be a Durham County resident to get vaccinated through the health department.
Visitors can expect to park and walk into the building for their vaccines. Everyone will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever or cough before entering.
It's easier to get vaccinated in Wake County
On Wednesday, officials told WRAL News the county administered more than 1,747 doses Tuesday and more than 4,000 appointments were available Wednesday.
People seeking a vaccine through Wake County Public Health no longer need to join a waitlist and wait to be contacted. Now, anyone 16 and older can schedule an appointment on the Wake County website.