Thanksgiving precautions encouraged, COVID-19 vaccines and booster available without an appointment
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, North Carolina – Residents are encouraged to take safety precautions during the Thanksgiving holiday as COVID-19 continues to impact the community. Some of these measures include obtaining an updated vaccine and booster, self-testing for COVID-19 as a precaution, particularly if plans include the presence of elderly or more vulnerable people, and practicing good hand washing and good hygiene.
The New Hanover County Pandemic Operations Center (located at 1507 Greenfield Street) continues to provide initial COVID-19 vaccines and bivalent boosters to the community, and – beginning December 1 – these will be offered only without appointment without the need for any appointment.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ TakeMyShot.NC.gov website, which the county used for vaccination appointments, will no longer be operational after Dec. 1; and based on current county operations and the availability of vaccines and boosters, appointments are no longer necessary.
“While the state-run appointments website has been a great tool for scheduling appointments for COVID-19 vaccines and reminders, a lot has changed in the past two years,” said said Jon Campbell, head of pandemic operations. “When vaccines first became available, supply was limited and many people were trying to get vaccinated at specific locations, so scheduling an appointment was very important. Now vaccines and boosters are much more accessible and available in a variety of locations. We are very fortunate in New Hanover County to have the Pandemic Operations Center which has a dedicated team providing vaccines and booster shots to anyone in need.
Vaccines, boosters and tests
Initial vaccines and boosters are available at the Pandemic Operations Center throughout the week. Appointments can still be made by TakeMyShot.NC.gov by December 1, but are not mandatory. Vaccines and boosters will be available on the following days and times:
- Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please note that the Pandemic Operations Center will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving Day.
Community members are also encouraged to pick up home tests and masks free of charge during business hours at 1507 Greenfield Street in Wilmington.
For more information on the Pandemic Operations Center, vaccines, recalls or testing, visitHealth.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus or call the Pandemic Operations Call Center at 910-798-6800.
Low COVID-19 community level
Following its weekly review of county-specific data, the CDC has kept New Hanover County at a low COVID-19 community level. Recommended precautions for this level include a full vaccination and booster, and testing for COVID if you develop symptoms. The use of the mask at this community level is optional. The CDC plans to update community levels weekly, so residents can check the CDC’s website here for the current community impact level.
COVID-19 community data, as of November 18:
- New Hanover County’s percent positivity over the past 7 days is 4.8% (this represents positive molecular testing (PCR) as a percentage of total PCR testing done countywide).
- About 64.4% of New Hanover County residents have completed the first round of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Since March 1, 2020, there have been 60,973 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County, resulting in 447 deaths.
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