AARP offers tips to help seniors struggling to make vaccine appointments

Tips from the AARP on scheduling vaccine appointments

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Many of those in Group 2 of the vaccination rollout in North Carolina are still struggling to make an appointment to get the vaccine. Demand for the shots remains higher than supply.

Suzanne LaFollette-Black, AARP NC Coastal Associate State Director for Advocacy and Community Outreach, said she has heard from AARP members about their experiences.

“There’s a lot of frustration,” said LaFollette-Black. “For so many folks that aren’t text savvy, they need to get somebody to help them, maybe a grandchild or a neighbor or what have you to get that appointment when it comes out.”

She recommends that those who want to get the vaccine write down the phone numbers of the places offering the shots, so they have the numbers readily available. She said people should sign up for text alerts so you are informed once appointments open up.

In New Hanover County, the following places are offering the vaccine:

  • NHC Public Health: Call 910-798-6800 when appointments are available.
  • NHRMC: Visit nhrmc.org/coronavirus or call 910-662-2020 when appointments are available.
  • Wilmington Health: Visit WilmingtonHealth.com/COVIDvaccine or call (910) 407-5115 when appointments are available.

LaFollette-Black said consider traveling to receive your shot. You don’t have to stay in your county and vaccine travel is acceptable. She has advised some in Brunswick County to go to Horry County, SC, if they can book an appointment there.

Find out where appointments are being offered by clicking here.

LaFollette-Black also said when signing up, remember to have the last four digits of your Social Security number handy as many places ask for that when you book an appointment.

She said the key is to remain patient and proactive.

“Patience is a virtue and in this case it really is good but you also need to be proactive,” she said. “Be alerted, have the phone number, keep calling that number and get other members of your family to be your advocate and let them go online and try to get that appointment for you.”

The AARP also detailed what those eligible for the vaccine in North Carolina need to know. To read that, click here.

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