Local firefighters undergo training to administer COVID-19 vaccines

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Vaccine (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With COVID-19 vaccines trickling into the Cape Fear, health departments and healthcare professionals appear to be able to handle administering shots right now.

However, if there is a need for more people to give the shots, some local firefighters may be called in to assist. That’s why Wilmington firefighters are being trained.

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During training sessions like on Thursday, they use shots and oranges to learn how to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to a patient.

Wilmington firefighters practice giving shots on oranges. (Photo: WWAY)

New Hanover County leaders want to be sure as more vaccination sites become available in the coming weeks and months. The Cape Fear will have trained people available to help ramp up vaccination efforts.

We will have more on this story on WWAY News starting at 5 p.m.