OXFORD — Granville Health System officials say one of their clinics will begin vaccinating adults 75 and older against COVID-19 next week.
Vaccinations are by confirmed appointment only, and the system is taking applications on its web site and by phone. Go to www.ghsHospital.org and click on the red box at the top of the page to schedule an appointment electronically, or call 919-691-5198.
System officials stress that appointments are necessary because supplies of the vaccine remain “very limited.” They also note that they’re opening vaccinations to those 75 and older according to the plan created by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer members of our community doses of the vaccine,” said Granville Health CEO John Snow. “Protecting those 75 and older against COVID-19 is a critical step in our mission to promote well-being, accelerate healing and inspire hope.”
DHHS, which for the most part is following U.S. Centers for Disease Control advice on the matter, asked local officials to see to it that the first shots went to health care workers involved in caring for COVID-19 patients, and to staff and residents in long-term care facilities like nursing homes.
Officials have worried that COVID-19 exposures and illnesses could deplete a health care workforce that’s under pressure because of the demands of treatment victims of the virus.
But the state agency has indicated that it was expecting at least “some providers” to begin vaccinations for those next on the list, the “Phase 1b, Group 1” that includes all people age 75 and above regardless of their health status and living situation.
As of Tuesday, 695 residents of Granville County, 178 of Vance County, 62 of Warren County and 416 of Franklin County had received at least the first dose of the two-dose vaccine, DHHS reported. Six people — three each in Granville and Franklin counties — had received the complete vaccine series.
Those numbers don’t include doses allocated to long-term care facilities, which two large pharmacies, CVS and Walgreens, are handling via a contract direct from the federal government.
The elderly are high on the priority list because they’re particularly vulnerable to the most virulent and life-threatening COVID-19 cases, and often have the sort of existing medical problems that can contribute to a serious bout with the virus.
With a confirmed appointment, the vaccines will be administered as a car visit on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in January from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Granville Primary Care & OB/GYN in Oxford.
The clinic is at 110 Professional Park Drive, on the campus of Granville Medical Center.
Vaccines for eligible priority 1a health care workers, and for long-term care facility staff and residents, are continuing, GHS officials said.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in North Carolina, please visit www.yourspotyourshot.nc.gov.