Burgaw medical practice trying to find arms for its vaccine supply

Everyone over 16 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

BURGAW, N.C. (WECT) - If you’re still having difficulty scheduling an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccine, Black River Health Services in Burgaw could be your answer.

A spokesperson for the medical practice said on Wednesday they’re having difficulty filling appointment slots for their supply of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, both of which are approved for adults age 18 and older.

“I personally have been calling people to come in and I think also our front desk people have been calling patients to come in,” said Dr. Linda Greenspan with Black River Health. “But not just people who are established with us, we’ll see anybody who comes in, but you have to make an appointment first.”

Despite not offering the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for individuals 16 and older, the staff at Black River Health still wants to fill all of their available appointments. They receive around 300 vaccine doses per week and do not plan to request fewer doses despite the decrease in demand.

“I feel like our age range right now has been 18 and over anyways,” said Jamie Garriss, a medical assistant with Black River Health.

The team at Black River wants to spread the word that the vaccine is safe an can be a way to finally curb the pandemic .

“This is a modern medical miracle, this vaccine,” said Greenspan. “And it’s saving hundreds- if not thousands- of lives. We all need to get vaccinated to increase our herd immunity, which means that will be able to get back to normal sooner.”

If you’re interested, you can email administration@blackriverhealth.org or call 910-259-5721 (extension 5) to schedule an appointment.

Black River Health Services is located at 301 South Campbell Street in Burgaw.

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