Bladen County receives limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines

Elderly man get COVID-19 vaccine in Bladen County on Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo: WWAY)

UPDATE: The appointments have been booked at this time.

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An additional limited supply of COVID vaccine has been received by Bladen County Health Department.

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Beginning Friday, Bladen County Health Department COVID HOTLINE (910) 872-6291 staff will begin making appointments until open slots are filled. Around 10 a.m. Friday, the department wrote on Facebook stating they are experiencing an excessive number of calls so be patient.

“Everyone that wants a vaccine will not be able to schedule one today,” the health department wrote online.

Persons in Group 1 and Group 2 may call the hotline from 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday:

• Group 1 Health care workers and Long-term care staff and
residents — ACTIVE
• Group 2 Older adults (defined as 65 and above) — ACTIVE
• Group 3 Frontline essential workers — NOT YET OPEN
• Group 4 Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of
severe illness — NOT YET OPEN
• Group 5 Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19

vaccination — NOT YET OPEN

Health official says moving forward the COVID HOTLINE is the way to secure an appointment.

“We understand this has been a frustrating time for everyone that wants a vaccine,” the department wrote online. “Your continued patience and understanding is appreciated.”