Union County Public Health, in partnership with Atrium Health, hosted a large-scale vaccination event on Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27 for child care and PreK-12 school employees. According to the vaccination plan by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, individuals who work in child care facilities or PreK-12 schools are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Feb. 24. More than 5,100 individuals were vaccinated over the two-day event.
“This event allows us a strategic opportunity to protect our community,” said Public Health Director Dennis Joyner. “We have been working closely with Atrium Health for months, which has strengthened our partnership to collaborate on an event of this scale.”
Union County Public Health coordinated directly with organizations to schedule vaccination appointments for all eligible child care workers or school employees who wished to receive the vaccine. Individuals who work in child care facilities or schools in Union County, as well as surrounding counties, may still request a vaccination appointment by calling our COVID-19 vaccine hotline (704.292.2550); those appointments will be scheduled based on availability.
Atrium Health worked to secure sufficient COVID-19 vaccine allocations to make this landmark event possible. Union County Public Health is appreciative of the partnership with Atrium Health, as well as several County departments and local partners including school nurses with Union County Public Schools, school nurses from Union Academy, and Union EMS.
“This event exemplifies the importance of strong community partnerships to meet the healthcare needs of our community,” said Denise White, facility executive and Chief Nurse Executive at Atrium Health Union. “Union County Public Health and Atrium Health have the shared vision that serving all of our community comes first and that’s what makes our collaboration seamless.”
This unique event enabled Public Health to continue Group 1 and 2 vaccinations, uninterrupted, using the weekly vaccine allocation from the State. If you are eligible, have submitted a prescreen form on our website, and are awaiting a call from Public Health, thank you for your patience. Public Health is scheduling appointments based on vaccine availability. We will call you to schedule an appointment as vaccine supply allows.
More information about vaccination plans for the public can be found on our COVID-19 vaccines webpage.