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Gaston County Moving Ahead with Friday Vaccine Clinic

GASTONIA, N.C. – Despite the initial announcement from the state of North Carolina that Gaston County would receive no COVID-19 vaccine allocation this week, Gaston County is moving forward with its vaccine clinic this Friday at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market.

The County has secured 400 vaccines from Kintegra Health and also was able to move a number of people who had appointments on Friday to earlier events. The County is also working with the state to request additional allocations so they can further expand the reach of Friday’s drive-through event.  

“We understand there has been a lot of concern about our local allocations and access to vaccines,” Public Health Director Steve Eaton said. “We are encouraged by new information the state has shared with us this week that will allow us to better plan for future events and give us a set weekly allocation for the next 3 weeks. We will do everything we can to vaccinate as many Gaston County residents as quickly as possible.”

The county is not canceling any appointments for Friday’s clinic. Once the state announces allocations for future weeks, Gaston County will continue to work with its local healthcare partners and the state to ensure residents are getting equitable access to this potentially life-saving vaccine.