BRUNSWICK COUNTY — As the Covid-19 virus has surged in the last month, an updated vaccine, with limited availability, is being offered through Brunswick County Health Services.
Appointments for eligible community members ages 6 months and older will begin Monday, Oct. 2. Anyone wishing to make an appointment — required due to restricted supply — can contact 910-253-2276. Vaccinations will take place at the Health Services Main Clinic, Government Center Building A, 25 Courthouse Drive, in Bolivia.
The county will attempt to accommodate walk-ins, though individuals without appointments may face a longer wait.
Interested parties can also contact their healthcare providers, local pharmacies, or other health clinics to receive the updated inoculation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the updated Covid-19 vaccine on Sept. 13. It recommends everyone 6 months and older are up to date on shots — including people who have not received a vaccine in the last two months — to avoid potentially serious side effects that can come with Covid-19.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services monitors wastewater containing the virus, which was climbing from June to early September; it’s an indicator of how many people actually have Covid-19 in communities. The monitoring sites in numerous North Carolina cities, including Wilmington, reported an increase of 80% to 100% in the amount of Covid-19 detection.
On average 34.9 million Covid-19 virus particles per person were found in wastewater samples statewide, slightly down from 36.6 million the week ending Sept. 13.
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