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NHRMC Physician Group begins vaccines for individuals 75 and older [Free]

NHRMC Physician Group Primary Care practices will start administering Covid-19 vaccines. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN NC — NHRMC Physician Group Primary Care practices have opened Covid-19 vaccine appointments for their patients 75 years and older, according to a press release from New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The physician group has the vaccine available at multiple offices and locations, including New Hanover Medical Group, Coastal Family Medicine, NHRMC Physician Specialists — Internal Medicine Specialists/Care Team, Wrightsville Beach Family Medicine, Pender Primary Care, and Jacksonville Primary Care. 

New Hanover County Health and Human Services (NHCHHS) will provide 1,950 doses to start.

“By transferring a portion of our vaccines to the hospital, it will further Public Health’s efforts to get the vaccine to some of the most vulnerable in our community, as quickly as possible,” said Donna Fayko, director of NHCHHS.

Folks who aren’t a part of the physician group will need to make an appointment with New Hanover County Public Health.

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The free vaccine is available by appointment only. Statewide protocols require the vaccine is phased by groups. Currently, vaccines are being given to Phase 1B, group 1 — individuals 75 and older.

Eligible patients can schedule their appointments at one of the physician group locations through the NHRMC MyChart account by:

  • Logging into NHRMC MyChart account 
  • Clicking the “schedule now button” next to the SARS-Cov-2 Vaccine 1st Dose on the MyChart home page
  • Answering a few questions
  • Selecting preferred appointment date and time (only available appointment times will be visible)
  • Entering “Covid Vaccine” as the topic to be addressed during your appointment
  • Confirming appointment information is correct and clicking “schedule”

After receiving the first dose, patients will schedule the appointment for their second dose.

The physician group will announce when it’s opening appointments for other phases as well and expects to receive supplies of the vaccine weekly. How much is received will determine the amount of doses each location can administer. 

Patients who don’t have an NHRMC MyChart account still can schedule an appointment within operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling 910-662-2020. If patients receive the voicemail, it will provide an update on the status of appointments and whether any are available. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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