Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Offered Across Cleveland County This July

SHELBY, N.C. — Health officials in Cleveland County say they will be offering pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout July, in an effort to make accessing the vaccine as easy as possible for community members.

County officials provide the schedule of pop-up vaccine clinics for the month of July below:

  • Friday, July 16th
    Ruby C. Hunt YMCA
    1322 Patrick Avenue
    Shelby, N.C. 28152
    8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 21st
    Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
    510 W Sumter Street
    Shelby, N.C. 28150
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 23rd
    Dover Foundation YMCA
    411 Cherryville Road
    Shelby, N.C. 28150
    8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, July 30th
    Kings Mountain Family YMCA
    211 Cleveland Avenue
    Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086
    8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Health officials say registration for the clinics is encouraged (but not required) and can be done by calling the Cleveland County Health Departments’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Line at 980-484-6019.

Everyone 18-years-old and up, who receives a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of these pop-up vaccine clinics, will get a $25 Visa gift card, according to a news release.

In addition to the gift card, health officials say everyone 18-years-old and up (who receives a first dose of the vaccine) will be entered twice into the NCDHHS Your Shot at $1 Million Summer Cash Drawings  and everyone under 18-years-old will be entered twice into the Cash 4 College drawing for the chance to win a $125,000 college scholarship.

“In Cleveland County, 35% of our population is fully vaccinated and 37% of our population has received at least one dose of the vaccine,” said DeShay Oliver, Deputy Health Director, Cleveland County Health Department. “Our vaccine uptake locally is quite a bit behind the state of North Carolina, with 45% of our state’s population being fully vaccinated and 48% having received at least one dose. This is very concerning with the more contagious and dangerous Delta variant now being the most dominant coronavirus variant in the US and in NC,” she added.

North Carolina health officials say nearly 100 percent of all new COVID-19 cases are in people who are not vaccinated (with most cases being among our younger generation).

“I think some parents are less inclined to get their children vaccinated because young people have a lower risk of severe illness from the virus,” Oliver said. “However, it is important for parents and others to understand that while the risk of severe illness in young people is lower, there is still a far greater risk of severe illness from the virus than there is from the vaccine. Over 300 children under the age of 18 have died from COVID-19 in the US. Furthermore, even if you have a mild case of COVID-19, research shows you may still struggle with long-terms effects such as shortness of breath, chest discomfort and brain fog.”

Health officials say rigorous clinical trials have shown the vaccine is safe and effective for anyone 12-years-old and up.

“Don’t wait to vaccinate – take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine and have peace of mind that you and your child are protected when going to public places, events, and back to school come this fall,” health officials say.