Gaston County Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall and Appointments for Residents Between 65 and 74
GASTONIA, N.C. – Gaston County is now opening vaccine appointments to residents between the ages of 65 and 74.
The county is offering appointments to vaccination clinics into mid-February. Those in the 65-74 year-old age group can pre-register at www.GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine and will get a follow up email with a link to make an appointment, as they are available. They can also call the COVID-19 registration hotline at 704-866-3170.
The county plans to vaccinate up to 1,200 residents at this Friday’s clinic at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market. It has vaccinated more than 2,000 residents at clinics there the past two weeks.
Gaston County Public Health – in concert with GEMS and the Office of Emergency Management and Fire Services -- has planning ongoing for future clinics should upcoming weekly allotments exceed what the county is currently able to provide at the Farmer’s Market site. The county will adjust appointments week by week, to add or delay appointments, based on vaccine shipments.
“We want everyone to know, that no matter what, if they want a shot, they will get a shot,” Public Health Director Steve Eaton said. “We are thrilled by the response of our senior residents and healthcare workers to get vaccinated, and we’re going to continue doing everything in our power to make sure we’re getting shots to those who qualify for them as quickly and as safely as we can.”
The County also continues to work closely with its partners at CaroMont Health and Kintegra Health to ensure the Gaston County is using all of its supply as quickly as possible and is ready to receive and distribute more.
In addition to the news about the vaccination appointments, the county is also announcing a virtual town hall for next Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 12-1 p.m., to be held live on its Gaston County Gov Facebook page. Physicians from CaroMont Health, and members of GEMS and Gaston County Public Health will participate on the panel.
The Town Hall will allow residents to ask the experts their questions about the COVID-19 vaccine – from those about the vaccine’s efficacy and safety to those about possible side effects and more.
Residents can ask questions during the event or submit them in advance at https://share.hsforms.com/1tTXBwdWUQLyKYWRoLsq7hw4yb15.