Cape Fear Valley Health opening vaccinations to Group 5, Bladen County included

Hospital gets first shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15, 2020. (Photo: Cape Fear Valley Bladen Healthcare)

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Valley Health will begin offering Covid-19 vaccinations to Group 5 next week.

That means anyone 16 and older will be able to schedule an appointment with Cape Fear Valley to receive a vaccine. This also includes Cape Fear Valley’s Bladen County Hospital.

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Vice President of Professional Services at Cape Fear Valley Health Chris Tart, PharmD, said they’re opening up appointments to Group 5 because of a decrease in demand from the other parts of the local population.

“Rather than have doses go unused, we want to give more people the chance to get their vaccine,” Tart said. “We hope this will encourage more people to roll up their sleeve.”

Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those 16 and older. The Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson vaccines are approved for people 18 and older. Patients under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Pfizer vaccine is not available at all Cape Fear Valley Vaccine clinics.

Cape Fear Valley Health also passed a milestone on Thursday, giving out its 100,000th vaccine dose in the fight against COVID-19.

Tart said the landmark moment came sooner than some expected due to Cape Fear Valley’s extensive logistics network, which allowed for the fast rollout of vaccine appointments. He also thanked the many volunteers from across the community who have helped staff the clinics over the past several months.

“We’re very proud to have been able to help meet this need in the community, and to continue to offer the vaccine at multiple locations,” Tart said. “This is a historic moment in an unprecedented time, and our staff and volunteers have really risen to the occasion to make this possible.”

Even though vaccine clinic staff and volunteers are celebrating this milestone, Tart said a much larger percentage of the population needs to get vaccinated before the country can achieve the goal of herd immunity.

For more information on which clinics are offering which vaccine, and to make a vaccine clinic appointment, click here.