Updated, January 27, 2021
As you may know, Covid-19 vaccine supplies are limited. Anyone 65 or older is now eligible to receive a vaccination, but it has been difficult in recent days to find vaccination locations where appointments are available. There are a number of websites that may be helpful for finding an appointment. A place to start may be the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services site, https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/findyourspot. The Fearrington Cares website also maintains a list of web links and phone numbers that is updated regulalry, and can be helpful.
Please note: Even after you have been vaccinated, it will remain essential that you and everyone you know continue to follow the guidelines that have been published widely: Maintain physical distancing, wear a mask, frequently wash your hands and stay home when you're sick.
As an example of the difficulties that the vaccination program is confronting, here's the latest statement from UNC Health:
UNC Health will receive only 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of North Carolina for the week of January 25-29. For vaccine locations across the state, this is less than half of the doses that were expected.
Our appointments are scheduled each week based on the vaccine received from the state. The lower doses means fewer appointment spots for scheduling. We are very sorry and understand this is frustrating. This is really an issue of supply and demand. We are very aware of the concern this is causing everyone who is eligible now to receive a vaccine and cannot get an appointment or who spends hours online trying to get one.
We ask for your patience as we are receiving a very high number of phone calls and emails. In the past few weeks, we have increased our operations to meet patient and public demand and added more staff as quickly as possible to answer calls and emails. We now have the ability to give about 30,000 shots a week, based on the supply received.