By Outer Banks Voice on January 8, 2021
As of 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, Albemarle Regional Health Services is reporting that it has administered 8,025 first doses of COVID vaccine in eight counties. Here are the totals included in this release from ARHS.
“First and foremost, I want to thank our community for the overwhelming response to the mass COVID-19 vaccine clinics that were held over the last two days across the region, and most importantly your patience,” states R. Battle Betts, Jr., MPA, ARHS Health Director. “Moving to the vaccine response phase is a bright light in this pandemic. We cannot thank our community partners enough for their support and hard work during the clinics. “
Both The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots. It is important to get two doses of the SAME vaccine, so please remember to return for your second dose, when the time comes. In order to maximize the 90-95% efficacy rate of this vaccine, the two doses will be required. The second shot will come about 3-4 weeks after the first.
ARHS encourages everyone who receives a vaccine to hold on to the vaccination card you received. This card not only notes the vaccine you received, but also when you should anticipate your second dose. While there is some leeway on the scheduling of that second dose, we will be scheduling clinics based on the 21- and 28- day mark.
It is still vital for individuals to continue to practice the 3 W’s (wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands) and limit gatherings—until most people are vaccinated. Receiving the COVID-19 shot and following the 3 W’s is everyone’s best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.
As we move forward with the vaccine campaign, we encourage community members to remain patient with the process. ARHS will continue to receive weekly vaccine allotments but we will not be notified of those totals until the beginning of each week. Vaccine clinics will be offered on an ongoing basis based on our weekly allocation of the vaccine.
It is important to remember a tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies are limited at this time. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, NC DHHS recommends first protecting 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. Therefore, ARHS will continue to focus on Phase 1a – healthcare workers and first responders and Phase 1b – individuals over the age 75 and expanding to frontline essential workers as vaccine supplies allow.