When the COVID-19 vaccines were first launched in December, strict rules were applied as to who could obtain them in a very tight supply during the pandemic. But that is no longer the case.
Walk-ins are now widely accepted for shots around the Charlotte area. As a major change, both Mecklenburg County Public Health and Novant Health have announced that they will begin accepting carry-on at the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday.
This includes the Bojungles Coliseum COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Mecklenburg County and the Novant Health Clinic in three Charlotte areas.
Also, according to the hospital system, Atrium Health offers walk-in COVID-19 shots at Bank of America Stadium until 2:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Only a few weeks ago, there were few vaccine reservations in Mecklenberg, and reservations at the Bojungles Coliseum were often fully booked within minutes.
Other vaccine clinics, including the Atrium Health Walk-in Vaccine Clinic, are already offering walk-in vaccines. Bank of America Stadium Last week StarMed Healthcare Event Last week at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel.
Vaccine supply is starting to outpace demand
Changes in access are one sign that the supply of COVID-19 vaccine has begun to outpace demand. Local health professionals are also concerned that hesitation in vaccines can reduce vaccination coverage in Mecklenberg.
As of Monday, more than one-third of Mecklenburg County’s inhabitants were at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to state data. And 21.5% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated.
That’s a good step, but it’s far from what local health professionals want.
Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease expert at Novant Health, said the slowdown in vaccine demand was “extremely concerned.” “35, 40, 45% of vaccinated individuals do not want to peak.”
The longer it takes to vaccinate the majority of the population, the longer it takes to control the pandemic, he said.
He said it was necessary to reach herd immunity (the majority of vaccinated locals) to slow the spread of the virus. Without reaching herd immunity, the virus can continue to mutate, reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine.
“It’s important to make it as easy as possible for people who want to get vaccinated,” Priest said.
Where to find a walk-in
This week, the Bojungles Coliseum Clinic is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Wednesday from 11am to 7pm.
The county is taking Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after suspending administration. Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. All COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge to recipients.
The vaccine is available to anyone over the age of 16, but only the Pfizer vaccine is allowed for use at ages 16 and 17.
Novant Health vaccines are also available in many locations in the Charlotte area, including:
▪ ▪ 6070 East Independence Blvd Monday-Friday 7 am-7pm
▪ ▪ 3149 Freedom Drive Monday-Friday 8 am-5pm
▪ ▪ 17220 Northcross arrives at Huntersville Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
The hospital system offers both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
According to Atrium Health, which provides the Pfizer vaccine, anyone over the age of 16 can walk in to take a shot at the Bank of America Stadium on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
How to reserve a vaccine
Booking shots at the Bojungles Coliseum will continue to be available. Anyone over 16 years old can make a reservation starmed.care Alternatively, call 980-314-9400 (Option 3 for English, Option 8 for Spanish).
According to the county, the second dose of Pfizer or modelna vaccine is scheduled for the first dose.
Anyone who needs transportation to a vaccine appointment can call the Mecklenburg County Transportation System at 980-314-7600.
The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department first opened the Bojungles Coliseum Vaccine Clinic on January 6th for some civilians.
Reservations are no longer required, but Novant Health recommends signing up for reservations online. Anyone over the age of 16 can make a reservation through their Novant HealthMyChart account.
Anyone over the age of 16 can make a reservation for COVID-19 Shot Atrium Health at Bank of America Stadium on ThisIsMyShot.com.