Drive-thru vaccine event exceeds expectations
By WECT Staff | April 28, 2021 at 11:15 AM EDT – Updated April 29 at 7:52 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Organizers of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center drive-thru vaccination event held Thursday exceeded the 100 shots they expected to administer and had vaccinated over 200 people by 11 a.m.
The unexpected demand meant the organizers had to go back to retrieve more vaccine and they expected to administer 300 vaccines by the end of the event.
The drive-thru clinic took place from 7 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Lowe’s Home Improvement in Monkey Junction, located at 5110 South College Road.
Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were offered and no appointments were required. Everyone 16 and older is eligible to receive a vaccine.
“We are excited to partner with Lowe’s Home Improvement to offer additional access to vaccines to help protect our community,” said Dr. West Paul, senior vice president and chief clinical officer for Novant Health’s Coastal market.
Organizers anticipate holding as many of these events as possible until they reach 100% of people.
“Vaccines are our best defense against COVID-19 and will help us get back to our normal social activities. The only way to stop COVID-19 and the new variants is to keep the virus from replicating, which is why it is so important to get more people vaccinated,” he added.
NHRMC says it has administered over 88,000 vaccines in the community.
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