Second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinics held in North Carolina Monday and Tuesday

COVID-19 Vaccine

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) is kicking off this week with a series of second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

The clinics are for people who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine on or before January 22.

Health officials in North Carolina hope to vaccinate 1,800 people this week.

Six vaccine clinics were held throughout the ARHS region Monday.

10 On Your Side caught up with 90-year-old Les Gilliam Monday at the clinic at Maple Park in Currituck County on Monday. He was among the hundreds who came through a very efficient vaccination drive-thru.

Gilliam is at the top of the high-risk categories.

“I have heart issues. I just pacemaker installed Wednesday. Playing the odds I guess you could say; I feel safer,” he said about getting the vaccine.

His wife Martha also got her second shot on Monday.

“This one didn’t even feel when they put it in again… I hear the second one is sometimes a little stronger, but hoping it will do the same thing. Glad that the vaccine is over and hoping to see my family now,” she said.

Most have never lived through something like COVID-19, but Tom Campbell has. He knows all about it.

“I remember the smallpox vaccine and the polio vaccine. I think all Americans will appreciate this for decades to come,” Campbell said.

Cathy Forbes was also there, one of hundreds to get their second vaccination shot.

“Stay protected, and get the vaccine,” she said.  

She then got the shot and the health care worker told her it was over and she was good to go.

Christine Marcantoni from Moyock was one of hundreds to stop by on a rainy day to helping become part of herd immunity.

“We’ve been masking up, staying home, doing everything we can. I’m just glad to be able to get it.” 

For many getting immunized, they feel everyone should get the shot. That’s a no-brainer. 

In the Moderna vaccination preparation bus was Wanda, a public health nurse trying to keep the supply on pace with demand. 

“I’m taking a dose of Moderna for the vaccine,” as she filled a syringe. The vile of Moderna vaccine is enough for 10 doses. 

One of those doses went into the arm of Ivan Marcantoni.

“Get your shot. It will make you feel a whole lot better. Stop this spread from continuing, so you are around for your grandchildren,” he said.

Also on hand was chairman of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, Mike Payment, who said he is pleased with the feedback on how the vaccine clinic is playing out.

“The process is great, and the people with the Albemarle Regional Health Services are getting a lot of compliments. It is running smoothly.” 

Virginians coming to NC clinics

COVID-19 is a federal program and it has been extensively reported that some Virginians are going to Currituck County to get immunized.

Payment says one Virginian told him “the state of Virginia is not taking care of us.”

“I told him we will do all we can to help you, if we can,” he said. 

In Virginia, the Northam administration will say they are getting the vaccine out as quickly as the government gets the vaccine to them. 

“I just want to remind the people from out of state, if you show up for a clinic we are limited, and North Carolina recently said they want to prioritize the vaccines for our residents,” Payment said.

We asked Martha Gilliam, who just got her second shot along with her husband, about her neighbors to the north heading south.

“Well, I don’t mind them getting it as long as the ones in Currituck County were able to do theirs first. I would like for someone to use the vaccine instead of just losing it… because the vaccine expires after a time,” she said. 

Christine Marcantoni also said she feels it’s OK for Virginians to come to North Carolina for vaccines.

“I don’t have a problem with them getting it as long as they have enough for us, I don’t have a problem with them coming to get it.” 

So Virginians are welcomed in North Carolina, but the message seems to be “come at the end of the vaccine clinic period, and the leftovers are yours.”

“We will do what we can. I think that is an issue with the State of Virginia to find out why you don’t get enough of your people vaccinated,” Payment said. 

Other clinic information

ARHS is holding additional second dose Moderna clinics on Tuesday, February 16. Organizers ask that recipients plan to attend the clinic in the county where they got their first dose. And you will need to bring the vaccine card you received with your first dose. If you do not have your card, health officials say that you may experience additional delays, or may be turned away and be rescheduled.

CountyLocationTuesday, February 16
BertieBertie County High School
715 US Hwy 13 North, Windsor, NC 27983
9 -11:30 a.m.
1-4 p.m.
ChowanAmerican Legion
1317 W. Queen St., Edenton, NC 27932
9 -11:30 a.m.
1-4 p.m.
CurrituckMaple Park (near YMCA)
208 Airport Rd., Maple, NC 27956
9 -11:30 a.m.
1-4 p.m.
HertfordAhoskie Creek Amphitheater
125 Edgewood Dr., Ahoskie, NC 27910
9 -11:30 a.m.
1-4 p.m.
PasquotankElizabeth City Aviation Commerce Park
1049 Consolidated Rd., Elizabeth City, NC 27909
*Please do not call the Elizabeth City Regional Airpark for vaccine information
9 -11:30 a.m.
1-4 p.m.
PerquimansPerquimans County Recreation Center
310 Granby St., Hertford, NC 27944
9 -11:30 a.m.
1-4 p.m.

Links to register for second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:

The date on your card noting when your second dose is due is the suggested date for your second dose. It can be administered after that date, or four days prior to that date.

Get updated COVID-19 vaccine information from ARHS at this link.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) launched a tool where users can find COVID-19 vaccine locations. North Carolina is currently vaccinating Groups 1 and 2. Click here to find a vaccine provider near you.

Meanwhile, Virginia is preparing to launch a new statewide coronavirus vaccine registration system on Tuesday. The new site and call center will allow users to register one time for all vaccination opportunities run through individual health departments.

The new system will also give people confirmation numbers, 10 On Your Side has learned, that will allow you to check in on your spot in line. If you’ve already registered for a vaccine, you do not need to register again.

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