National Guard Arrives In Forsyth County To Assist With Vaccination Effort

National Guard Arrives In Forsyth County To Assist With Vaccination Effort

2:42pm Jan 11, 2021
National Guard Specialist Savannah Powell vaccinates Patricia Apple-Berry at the Forsyth County Department of Public Health on Monday. Image courtesy: Forsyth County NC
  • National Guard Specialists Daniel Tew and Savannah Powell talk with John Berry and Patricia Apple-Berry before they give them the vaccine at the Forsyth County Department of Public Health on Monday. Image courtesy: Forsyth County NC

  • National Guard Sergeants David Matthews and Angel Esetla-Padilla help the Forsyth Public Health Department with data entry for COVID-19 vaccinations. Image courtesy: Forsyth County NC

The National Guard is helping the Forsyth County Department of Public Health with their COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Twelve National Guard members arrived on Monday of this week to assist in administering the vaccine, help with data entry, and other logistical aspects. As of Sunday, the department has vaccinated approximately 3,500 individuals since receiving their first shipment of the vaccine on December 22.

At this time, public health staff are currently vaccinating healthcare workers, first responders, and people 75 and older. Due to high demand — 50,000 calls in two and a half days — the department’s appointment line is currently closed.

Public Health will inform the public when appointment options reopen. They are not accepting walk-ups for vaccination.

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus in North Carolina, visit our Live Updates blog here. WFDD wants to hear your stories — connect with us and let us know what you’re experiencing.

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