On the morning of Wednesday, January 6, cars were lined up heavily along both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 70 heading into the Alamance County Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), located at 2550 Buckingham Road in Burlington. They were there as part of the first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations for the local area. Local police provided some level of organization along the highway as residents attempted to make their way to the vaccination site.
Although the process was shut down around 7:15 a.m. on January 6 due to the heavy local response and traffic, COVID-19 vaccinations resumed for Phase 1b, Group 1- Adults 75 and older at 1:00 p.m. that particular day.
“For safety reasons, we can only serve a certain number of people onsite at one time. Traffic cannot be allowed to spill over into the neighborhood and highly-traveled areas. Please exercise patience. Thank you for your cooperation,” stated the Alamance County Health Department on its Facebook page.
As of 6:15 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, January 7, the CTEC vaccination site reached capacity and cars were being turned away, with at least 200 cars onsite. The site re-opened before noon, but was quickly full once again and had to be closed for the day. The county announced that there would not be vaccinations on Friday, January 8 due to the threat of inclement weather. Times will be announced on the Alamance County Health Department’s Facebook page, as well as the Health Department website and other news agencies.
In the opening days, the Alamance County Health Department vaccinated over 2,000 people in our community including many first responders, healthcare workers, and people over 75. Among those who were vaccinated in the first couple of days of the offering at CTEC were Mebane Police Chief Terry Caldwell, as well as Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson, who each encouraged the community to get vaccinated as soon as they are able.
“I’m here to get vaccinated - something that I’ve been looking forward to ever since they pushed the vaccine out,” Chief Caldwell stated.
“I know that there is a lot of apprehension out there about taking the shot, and its after effects. What I will tell you is this - number one, I believe in the science. Science has driven me here. I’m a law enforcement expert, so I like to listen to the experts regarding vaccinations and medicine.”
“I want to take this shot for obviously for health reasons, for my family, and for my fellow residents and citizens,” Chief Caldwell continued. “This pandemic has taken well in excess of 300,000 people. And it’s very clear at this point in time that we’re going to have to unify and collaborate our efforts to knock this thing out, and to be done with it.”
“I encourage everyone - everyone - to consider taking the vaccine. It’s going to take a unified effort for us to get rid of COVID. I’m here to support that, and I encourage all to do the same.”
Throughout the month of January, COVID-19 vaccines will be administered at the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). The drive-through vaccination clinic is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 4pm while daily supplies last. At this time, Alamance County Health Department officials are only providing vaccinations to Phase 1b, Group 1- Adults 75 and Over, and any first responders that were unable to get in during Phase 1a. Please only come to CTEC if you fall in one of these phases. Vaccines are available while supplies last on a first come, first served basis.
Information about phases is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines. They will be in Phase 1b, Group 1 for the next few weeks. Everyone will be able to receive a vaccine at some point.
Information about Alamance County Health Departments Vaccine Program is available at http://www.alamance-nc.com/healthdept. The Alamance County Covid Hotline is 336-290-0361. The Vaccine Registration Hotline is open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm at 336-290-0650. Call volume is high, so please be patient. It will take time to answer all the calls. Those who’ve already gotten their first shot will be notified as to where and when they can get their second shot.
On December 30, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced it had updated its vaccination plan to align with new federal recommendations issued last week.
The changes simplify the vaccine process and continue the state’s commitment to first protect health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying, and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.
For more information, visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/.../ncdhhs-shares-updated-rollout....