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Gaston County Adds Additional Registration Options, Prepares for Dreary Weather for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

GASTONIA, N.C. – Today, Gaston County launched a new tool to help residents get in line for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Now at www.gastonsaves.com/covid19vaccine, residents in the 1A or 1B categories can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. This is being brought online to alleviate some of the strain on the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Registration hotline, which saw significant demand in its first three days of use.

That hotline number is 704-866-3170. County employees will continue to staff the hotline during the week starting at 8 a.m. and will be available each day until 5 p.m. Staff has been responding to thousands of voicemail requests Wednesday and Thursday.

In that vein, Gaston County Public Health wants to remind residents that their place in line to get the vaccine is secure.

“We understand the frustration with the limited appointment availability and are continuing to work through many voicemails from residents to schedule their vaccination,” Gaston County Assistant Health Director Brittain Kenney said. “We want to assure everyone that vaccines will be available to anyone in the eligible populations – frontline healthcare workers, long term care residents and staff, and those older than 75 – in the coming weeks. We are scheduling large vaccination events every Friday and will be adding other opportunities very soon.”

Tomorrow marks the first vaccination opportunity in Gaston County for residents 75 and older. It is also open to any individual in group 1A that has not yet received a vaccine.

County officials are stressing that the clinic is only for those who have pre-registered, in an effort to keep a manageable amount of cars and patients moving through the setup.

Those that show up without an appointment will be turned away to ensure that everyone who has reserved their appointment can get their vaccine.

While there is a chance of snow in the afternoon, the vaccine clinic is still on track for 9 a.m. to 4 pm. tomorrow at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market. If residents have any concern about driving in the conditions tomorrow, please reach out to the county and we will reschedule you for a future clinic.

“Please do not put yourself or others at risk if you do not feel comfortable driving,” Kenney said. “There will be plenty of other opportunities to get this vaccine.”

Media availability is by RSVP only to the Public Information Office.

Also, in the coming weeks, local healthcare providers will begin offering the vaccine to their patients. Residents can check with their primary care physicians if this is an option that might work for them.

Residents can sign up for COVID-19 information email alerts at www.GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine.

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