Hundreds line up for COVID-19 vaccine hours before Johnston County drive-thru event begins

Johnston County News

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) — Hundreds lined up for their COVID-19 vaccine hours before the drive-thru vaccination event even began in Benson Tuesday morning. There were only 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine available.

Johnston County Public Health and other organizations are holding COVID-19 drive-thru and clinic-based vaccination events at multiple locations throughout the county.

Tuesday’s vaccinations are being administered at West Johnston High School in Benson. The drive-thru vaccination event was scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but they had reached capacity by 9 a.m. and began administering the vaccines at that time. Some people showed up more than five hours before the clinic was supposed to open.

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Tuesday’s drive-thru clinic was the first public vaccination event in the county.

Those eligible for vaccinations at any of the county’s events are those who are in Phase 1A and Phase 1B (Group 1). Attendees will need to bring their ID to show eligibility.

The Johnston County health officials said that as of Monday afternoon, there have been 13,513 COVID-19 cases in the county. For more information on Johnston County’s vaccination plans, click here.

Within the last week, North Carolina GOP leaders have questioned Gov. Roy Cooper’s vaccine rollout plan.

“Those vaccines are too rare to be wasted in any way whatsoever,” said House Speaker Tim Moore (R) last week. “Why is it taking so long to get these vaccines out?”

Last week, Cooper activated the National Guard to help with the vaccine rollout, saying planning for the Guard’s involvement had been underway in the lead-up to the vaccine becoming available.

“These things have been planned ahead of time and now we are providing the assistance to the different health departments and facilities that need the help,” Cooper said.

Cooper and the COVID-19 task force will provide an update on the status of the vaccine plan, as well as the continuing worrying trend of COVID-19’s spread across the state.

You can watch the governor’s press conference on CBS 17 or by clicking here at 3:30 p.m.

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