The Wilkes County Health Department is scheduling appointments for administering 300 first doses of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The drive-through clinic starts at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lowes Park at River’s Edge, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

Currently, Wilkes Health Department COVID-19 clinics are for people 65 and older and group one of the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan. This includes those working in hospitals, outpatient clinics, vaccination sites, home health care, public health, clinical services, emergency medical, mortuaries, pharmacies, dental offices and certain other services.

The health department website said eligible people should call 336-990-9950 to schedule an appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The website said people who call and get recorded message should stay on the line and allow it to ring until someone answers to make an appointment.

It said people unable to get through on the phone to make appointment should call back in a few hours or on another day when call volume may not be as high. “Do not call multiple times in a row, as this will continue to overwhelm the system.”

The website said the health department is expanding its phone system and adding people to man phones due to the volume of calls received.

More information is on the health department website at https://www.wilkescounty.net/617/Vaccine-Clinic.

Wilkes Transportation Authority Director Michael Johnson said WTA is providing free transportation to COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Wilkes. He said this should be arranged at least 24 hours in advance by calling WTA at 336-838-1272.

State officials announced this week that the state will reimburse public transportation agencies for costs of providing this service.

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