Johnston says he will wait for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the drive-through clinic on Saturday


According to a news release, waiting time for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Johnston Clinic on Saturday is minimal.

The Drive-Through Clinic, hosted by the Johnston County Health Department, offers single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines on a first-come, first-served basis. According to a release earlier this week, the clinic will remain open for the duration of the supply.

The vaccine site is located at the Brightleaf Flea Market at 2320 S. Brightleaf Blvd. In Smithfield, the county said. All individuals over the age of 18 are eligible for administration.

The county said earlier this week that 500 doses would be given on Saturday.

The county asked those planning to visit the clinic to fill out a pre-vaccination checklist and registration form at: www.johnstonnc.com/covid19/files/Prevaccination_Covid_Reg_Form.pdf..

In North Carolina, all adults over the age of 16 are eligible to be vaccinated according to new state guidelines that came into force earlier this week. However, 16 and 17 years old are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine according to the US Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina has received more than 5.5 million COVID-19 vaccines.

In Johnston County, about 23% of the population is at least partially vaccinated. That is, you have been vaccinated at least once. Both the Pfizer and Modelna vaccines require two doses to be fully effective.

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