UPDATE: New Hanover County opens vaccines to 65 and up, fills them in two hours


Update: All 1,400-plus vaccination appointments were filled in two hours.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – New Hanover County has opened Covid-19 vaccine appointments to people 65 and up.

According to a news release, public health has received enough stock from the state for 1,410 appointments.

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The slots are available to healthcare workers and anyone 65 and older; both demographics are in Group 1 and 2 of North Carolina’s vaccination plan.

To book an appointment, call the Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800. The center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are being scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22, at the county’s two vaccination sites.

With roughly 37,000 residents 65 and older, open time slots are expected to be filled with hours.

New Hanover County has released the following guidance for callers:

  • If you call and experience a busy signal, please call back. A busy signal indicates that all available lines are full, but the call center is still operational. So continue calling back until the line rings.
  • When the line rings, you will first hear an informational message and then you will need to stay on the line for the next available call center operator. You may have to wait on hold for a bit, depending on how many people are in the queue ahead of you, so please be patient.
  • Once all available timeslots are full, a notice will be sent publicly and the call center message will be immediately updated.
  • The county is not currently taking names for a waiting list, but residents can sign up for COVID-19 updates here and will receive a notification when new appointments are available and the call center is open for scheduling.

Last Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state would being vaccinating individuals 65 and older, rather than waiting until Phase 2 of the vaccine schedule as originally planned.

Around 7,770 people have received their first dose from New Hanover County Public Health since Dec. 22, the day the county received its first vaccine shipment. It will begin administering second shots this week.

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