While the county remains paused, other locations in Durham offer COVID-19 vaccine

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – It has been a struggle for some in Durham to find a place to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Durham County Department of Public Health paused the scheduling of new appointments due to a shortage in supply. There are still 29,500 people in Groups 1 and 2 on Duke Health’s waiting list.

But there are at least four other locations that are administering vaccinations in Durham. They include Southpoint Pharmacy, Lincoln Community Health Center, North Carolina Specialty Hospital, and Durham Family Medicine.

But are these locations open to the public or just to patients?

Southpoint Pharmacy is offering vaccines to all non-patients in the community who fall within the qualified groups A pharmacist at Southpoint Pharmacy told CBS 17 they have administered 1,600 doses so far and they try to get people in within two or three days.

North Carolina Specialty Hospital is another location offering vaccines to eligible groups in the area by appointment only. A spokesperson for the hospital said people can call to be added to their scheduling queue.

Lincoln Community Health Center is prioritizing patients in Groups 1 and 2. It has been calling those eligible on their roster of patients. Dr. Howard Eisenson with Lincoln Community Health Center said the center reached out to agencies and churches in the community and invited people in those groups for vaccination.

At Durham Family Medicine, officials there said they have administered 350 doses of the vaccine. They are prioritizing their patients in Groups 1 and 2, as well.

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel was getting his second dose of the COVID vaccine at Durham Family Medicine on Friday.

“I’m in Group 2. I’m 69,” Schewel said. “I didn’t feel a thing. The shot went in. Tt took about one second. I’m excited to have it.”

Schewel said, like many others in the community, he got on multiple waiting lists.

“I had gotten on Duke’s waiting list and the health department’s waiting list,” Schewel said.

He said that since he is a patient at Durham Family Medicine, they called him and said they had vaccines available.

“I was very lucky that my practice got some vaccines,” Schewel said.

Dr. Nicole Swiner said their priority is on patients, but some days they do have leftover vaccines.

“We’re not advertising that the community can just come in and sign up for shots but there are some special circumstances we will have a couple leftovers,” Swiner said. “The advice I’ve been giving to everyone in the community is to sign up on all lists that you’re able to.”

As of Friday, there is no word on when the Durham County Health Department will begin scheduling appointments again.

See below for a list of places offering vaccines, their addresses, and the links to their websites for more information.

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