New Hanover County, Brunswick counties offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people 12 and older

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover and Brunswick counties say health services have expanded COVID-19 vaccine availability to people 12 and older.

On Monday, May 10, the FDA expanded Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to people 12 and older (the vaccine had already been approved for 16 and older). The decision followed analysis of clinical trial data showing the vaccine was 100 percent effective in more than 2,200 adolescents. On Wednesday, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to review all clinical trial data and discuss official recommendations for this younger age group, which were approved and released Wednesday evening.

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New Hanover County:

Beginning Thursday, May 13, people 12 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine through New Hanover County Public Health.

“This updated authorization is extremely promising in that we can expand immunity to children as young as 12 and further protect our community from COVID-19,” said New Hanover County Health and Human Services Director Donna Fayko. “COVID-19 continues to spread in New Hanover County, and currently children and teens account for 20 percent of cases statewide. So we continue to urge our community to take advantage of the convenient ways to get vaccinated and put an end to this pandemic.”

North Carolina law allows adolescents with decisional capacity to consent to medical services for the treatment and prevention of communicable diseases. Because COVID-19 is a communicable disease, young people may get the vaccine at a public health vaccination site without a parent or guardian present.

“We, in no way, think a child should seek out a vaccine without thoughtful discussion and information gathering with the supportive adults in their life, but this provision does make it easier for young people to ride with a friend or other family member to a vaccination site if work or other commitments make it difficult to accompany your child,” said New Hanover County Health Director David Howard. “This allowance is in place for the benefit of both individual minors in need of and desiring services, and to benefit the community to reduce the spread of all communicable diseases.”

Upcoming COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics will be held on the following days, and all sites will offer both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine to choose from:

Thursday, May, 13

  • Health and Human Services Building, 1650 Greenfield Street
    • Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive (Near the Belk entrance)
    • Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.

Friday, May 14

  • MLK Center, 401 South 8th Street
    • Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Health and Human Services Building, 1650 Greenfield Street
    • Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive (Near the Belk entrance)
    • Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.

Monday, May 17

  • Schwartz Center, 601 North Front Street
    • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive (Near the Belk entrance)
    • Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 19

  • Schwartz Center, 601 North Front Street
    • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive (Near the Belk entrance)
    • Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.

At Public Health’s walk-in clinics, people can choose which vaccine (either Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson) they would like when they arrive; Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine approved for anyone 12 and older, and Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose vaccine approved for anyone 18 and older.

Brunswick County:

Beginning May 18, all vaccinations scheduled through Brunswick County Health Services will take place at the clinic at Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road NE in Bolivia (28422). If you have questions about your appointment, contact the Public Health Call Line at (910) 253-2339.

Eligible individuals and/or parental/guardians (for those aged 12-15) can now schedule an appointment(s) online or by phone.

Here’s how to schedule a vaccine appointment(s) at the county’s clinic:
  • Schedule online here
  • Call the Public Health Call Line at (910) 253-.2339 and select option 2 (Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays)