Gaston County Public Health Announces Pre-Registration Details for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
GASTONIA, N.C. – Today, Gaston County’s Public Health Department released additional details and resources for the public in regards to its upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinic, scheduled for this Friday, Jan. 8, at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market.
Friday’s clinic is open to residents 75 years or older, as part of category 1B. It is also open to any individual in group 1A that has not received yet received a vaccine. Pre-registration is required so the county can have the correct amount of vaccine available to meet the needs of those attending the clinic. 1A includes frontline health care workers and first responders who have direct contact with individuals who are potentially COVID-positive, as well as long-term care facility residents and staff.
The County has set up a hotline for residents to call to begin the pre-registration process for the vaccination clinic. That number is 704-866-3170. County employees will staff the hotline beginning Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. and will be available each day until 5 p.m.
If all operators are busy, residents can leave a voicemail, and a county staffer will return their call to begin the registration process.
Gaston County plans to continue hosting vaccination clinics each Friday at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market as doses are made available. All future dates will be listed at GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine as they are confirmed.
Gaston County’s Health Department worked with GEMS and its Office of Emergency Management and Fire Services in identifying the Gastonia Farmer’s Market as an ideal location to host the vaccine clinics, as it is on local bus routes, is centrally located in the county and provides protection from the elements for workers who will be servicing the drive-thru clinic.
Frontline essential workers are also a part of the 1B distribution, but are slated to be vaccinated as part of group 2, after residents who are 75 years and older, as there is not enough vaccine currently available to handle this entire group at once. The CDC defines frontline essential workers as first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as child care workers.
Those frontline essential workers who are 50 and over will be offered the vaccine first, followed by those frontline workers of any age as part of group 3 in the 1B classification. GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine will contain updates on where Gaston County stands on the vaccination group schedule.