Demand For COVID Vaccinations Overwhelming In North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As cases surge in North Carolina demand for vaccinations is overwhelming.

People 75 and older began receiving shots Wednesday from area hospitals and health departments. The demand overwhelmed vaccination clinics.

Allen Laymon said,”It makes me feel very privileged.”

Car after car and patient after patient.

“There is no pain,” Wesley Hellams said. “We’re just so glad to get it.”

Nurses putting the COVID vaccine into people’s arms.

“If I can be an example for others to say okay I have done it. Now it’s your turn,” Dorothy Counts-Scoggins said.

Dorothy Counts-Scoggins is a community advocate. She hopes others will follow her lead.

“The most important thing is to wear your mask, wash your hands,” Counts-Scoggins said. “Thats what I say to people all the time.”

Atrium Health vaccinating about 150 people Wednesday, this as COVID numbers continue to climb.

“We definitely are seeing numbers higher than we’ve seen previously even with the surge this summer,” Atrium Dr. Gary Little said.

Atrium Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Little says there are tens of thousands of people that they’ve reached out to schedule appointments.

“What we’d like to do is get as many people in this group vaccinated within that 21 days so that by the time we’re finished with that first group, we’re ready to start getting their second vaccinations in place,” Dr. Little said.

Once booked, people will automatically be scheduled for their second dose. Little says this will streamline the process and make things easier for patients.

“We’re ready to vaccinate as many people as quickly as we can,” Dr. Little said.

The vaccine roll out pace expected to pick up in the coming days and weeks. Those first to get the vaccine, relieved and pushing for others to follow.

“I encourage everybody in the world to take it. It’s got to help us get through this,” Allen Laymon said.