UNC Health begins vaccinating educators at special vaccine clinic in Chapel Hill

Orange County News

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — UNC Health just received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and the clinic began giving out the first doses at the Friday Center on Monday, with the first appointments going to educators.

UNC said it’s offering the vaccine to educators on an appointment-only basis.

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UNC Health received the doses in the last few days and now they’re working with various school districts, preschools and day care centers to bring in staff members who want the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Casey Speroni says between teaching preschool in Cary and raising her 4-month-old daughter, it’s hard to find time for multiple appointments. That’s why she came in for the Johnson & Johnson dose.

“Being a busy mom and a busy teacher, not really able to get out and do multiple vaccines so having one was really convenient and nice,” Speroni said.

The clinic says it’s spent the last few days preparing for the logistics of giving three vaccines at the same location.

“We’re sorting through all the medication, preparing the syringes and labels to make sure everything is clear to the vaccinators,” said Elizabeth Ramsey, clinic director.

Appointments will also be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The university said you can call and make an appointment or go to YourShot.org to get signed up – note that appointments fill up quickly so you may need to keep checking back.

The first vaccine clinic at the Friday Center had to be closed from Feb. 26 through March 1 after they ran out of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

UNC Health says the Friday Center is offering all three vaccines to anyone in Groups 1, 2 and 3.

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