Pender County moving to Phase 1B in COVID-19 vaccinations

According to state guidelines if you qualify you can get the vaccine in any county.
Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 10:15 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Not all counties are moving into Phase 1B of the vaccination roll-out at the same time.

Pender County will start Phase 1B vaccinations on Tuesday for individuals 75 years old and older.

Pender County Health and Human services director Carolyn Moser says the county has a good number of doses, but they are not expected to last long.

“We do have quite a bit on hand,” said Moser. “But I anticipate with the vaccination of 75 and over, we are going to go through that pretty quickly.”

One big question being asked is if residents must wait for their county to move into Phase 1-B to get a vaccine, or can they make an appointment in another county? Moser says according to state guidelines if you qualify you can get the vaccine in any county.

“Every county handles it differently,” Moser said. “If it was someone from out of county they would have to call and make an appointment. We would schedule them if they met the criteria.”

Like most of the state, Pender County is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases from people getting together in recent weeks.

“We have seen the COVID fatigue and individuals are grouping together for activities,” says Moser. “It’s more how they socialize in their neighborhood that is forcing us to fight these cases right now.”

She added that whether residents plan to get the vaccine or not, following the three W’s of washing hands, wearing masks, and watching your distance helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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