• Fri. Apr 16th, 2021

North Carolina: Establishment of FEMA Supported Vaccination Center

North Carolina: Establishment of FEMA Supported Vaccination Center

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Today Governor Roy Cooper announced the establishment of a COVID-19 vaccination center in North Carolina, in partnership with the federal government.

“This federally supported vaccine center will help North Carolina get more shots in arms and assist us in reaching more underserved communities,” said Governor Cooper.

The FEMA-supported COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center will open at Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro on March 10 and will remain open for eight weeks.  It will operate seven days a week with the capacity to provide up to 3,000 vaccinations per day, with options for drive-thru service in the parking lot and walk-in service in the space formerly occupied by Dillard’s department store.

To reach more marginalized and underserved communities, the main vaccination center at Four Seasons Town Centre will support additional sites and mobile vaccination clinics in communities of need in Guilford and surrounding counties.

The federal government will provide the center’s vaccine supply, which will be in addition to North Carolina’s weekly allotment from the Centers for Disease Control.

“Thousands of North Carolinians will be able to access vaccines as result of this local, state, and federal partnership.  We appreciate everyone working together to focus on getting vaccines to our underserved communities,” said NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

“We are excited that a federal community vaccination center is coming to North Carolina,” said Mike Sprayberry, State Emergency Management Director.  “We are working with our local, state and federal partners to be ready to administer vaccines starting March 10 in a safe and efficient process.”

“This FEMA vaccination site, which will administer an additional 3,000 vaccines a day, is a welcome addition to the Triad,” said Rep.  Kathy Manning (NC-06).  “COVID-19 disproportionately impacts people of color and this vaccination location will help ensure that vaccines get to populations that are traditionally underserved.  As vaccine distribution continues, equity must be a priority.”

“Greensboro is pleased to play a vital role in vaccinating the general public,” said Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan.  “We look forward to working with the Biden, Cooper and Guilford County health departments as we continue to focus on vaccination, prevention and reducing the spread of COVID19.  Through those coordinated efforts we can keep businesses in business and send our students back to school full time.”

“This announcement is welcome news for our communities,” said Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman Skip Alston.  “We are honored to help play a larger part in getting our state vaccinated.  Given our centralized location and our strong transportation infrastructure, Guilford County is thrilled to be strategic partner in the vaccine rollouts for North Carolina.”

The site will be staffed by federal personnel, mostly from the Department of Defense.  It will be supported with resources and personnel from Guilford County, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, to include the Division of Emergency Management and the North Carolina National Guard, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Support services will include logistics, information technology, data entry, emergency medical services and security.

Appointments will be required for vaccination at the site and will be available through a central system and through community partners to ensure access among marginalized populations.  Information on scheduling appointments will be released in the coming days.

Guilford County was selected for a vaccination site by FEMA and the CDC as an area with significant underserved or marginalized populations, using a range of criteria including the Centers for Disease Control Social Vulnerability Index (CDC SVI), historical COVID-19 community impacts and the current rate and pace of equitable community vaccinations.  The county has a population of about 523,000 residents, of which 49% are minorities.  About 11% of county residents have received first dose vaccinations and 5.6% have received second doses.