Chatham’s Health Department continues to expand COVID-19 vaccine resources, encourage vaccinations

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PITTSBORO — More than 36,000 Chatham County residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, marking 48% of the county’s population; nearly 34,000 are fully vaccinated, making up 45% of the county’s population.

Even more Chatham residents have the opportunity to receive their vaccine at these locations:

• The Chatham County Public Health Department is offering first- and second-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations at its Siler City clinic (1000 S. 10th Ave.) on Fridays. To make an appointment, call 919-742-5641. Walk-ins are also welcome.

• StarMed Healthcare is continuing to operate Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 PM to 6 PM. To pre-register, visit starmed.care or call (980) 445-9818. Walk-ins are also accepted.

• StarMed Healthcare is providing Pfizer vaccinations at the Goldston Town Hall (40 Coral Ave. #A) from 2 PM to 7 PM on Wednesdays. Second-dose appointments will follow three weeks later. To pre-register, visit starmed.care or call (980) 445-9818. Walk-ins are also accepted.

By visiting myspot.nc.gov, residents can put in their city or ZIP code and find multiple locations in their area to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Locations are also sortable by type of vaccine: the Pfizer vaccine, which is available to all individuals 12 years of age and older, and the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines, which are available to all individuals 18 years of age and older.

Additionally, COVID-19 case numbers have continued to decline sharply in Chatham County. Over the past two weeks, the county has averaged around two new confirmed cases per day, showing the effectiveness of vaccinations in fighting the pandemic.

“We are pleased to see case rates as low as they have been since the beginning of the pandemic,” said CCPHD Director Mike Zelek. “The takeaway is that the vaccines are very effective, both at keeping you from getting sick and keeping the virus from spreading. If vaccination rates continue to rise, we can put this pandemic behind us.”

The CCPHD continues to update its COVID-19 vaccination webpages to provide the latest information. These pages include:

• Current vaccine providers, including locations providing homebound vaccinations: https://www.chathamcountync.gov/services/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine/how-to-get-the-covid-19-vaccine

• COVID-19 vaccine-related resources for Chatham County workplaces: http://www.chathamcountync.gov/covidvaccinebiz

• COVID-19 vaccine-related resources for Chatham County youth and their parents: chathamcountync.gov/covidvaccineyouth (English) and chathamcountync.gov/vacunacovidjovenes (Spanish).

Cash drawing launched

North Carolina recently launched the “Your Shot At a Million Summer Cash Drawings.” North Carolinians 18 and older who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be automatically entered into four drawings for a chance to win a $1 million cash prize. Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who have received at least one dose of the vaccine will be automatically entered into four drawings to win $125,000 toward post-secondary education at any post-secondary institution.

The drawings will run from June 23 through August 4. All North Carolina residents aged 12 and older who have been vaccinated with at least one dose are eligible, though some restrictions may apply. Those vaccinated on or after June 10 will be entered twice for each drawing, increasing the chance of winning for the newly vaccinated. Drawings will take place every other week on Wednesdays with the first drawing on June 23. New entries will close at midnight on the Sunday prior to the Wednesday drawing. Winners will be verified and then announced.

In Chatham County, there are many options to get vaccinated and be entered into this drawing. Visit myspot.nc.gov to see these local options.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and the CCPHD’s vaccination plans, visit www.chathamcountync.gov/coronavirusvaccine. To learn more about the Chatham County Public Health Department, visit www.chathamcountync.gov/publichealth or www.facebook.com/chathamhealth.

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