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Health department rescheduling vaccine appointments

Due to a limited supply of vaccines being distributed from the state to county governments, many vaccinations appointments are being rescheduled, according to Stanly County Health Director David Jenkins.

He said that if people have an appointment scheduled beginning Jan. 27 with the health department for their first dose, they will be contacted and their appointment will be rescheduled.

People do not need to call the department or the vaccine appointment hotline.

The county health department has already administered more than 2,200 vaccinations. More than 130 people have received both doses of the coronavirus shot, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

“We thank you for your understanding and ask for your patience as we continue to work to meet the needs for our community during this pandemic,” Jenkins said.

The health department is currently providing COVID-19 vaccines to people in Phase 1 which is health care workers, and Phase 2, which is anyone older than 65 and essential frontline workers.

More than 1.2 million doses have been distributed to North Carolina, though only about 50 percent (636,000) doses have been administered, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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