The Wilkes County Health Department received an additional 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine from Wilkes Medical Center today (Thursday) and is making them available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis today and Friday, announced Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard late this morning.

Willard said half of the 600 doses will be available starting about noon today and the other half Friday starting at 9 a.m. in a drive-through COVID-19 clinic on Industrial Drive (old county airport runway) at Lowe’s Park at River’s Edge in Wilkesboro.

Willard said people 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine.

She said Wilkes Sheriff’s Office deputies will be on hand Friday morning to ask people who arrive early to start lining up to leave and not return until 9 a.m.

Willard said people who already made appointments for receiving the Moderna vaccine Thursday at a drive-through clinic at Lowe’s Park at River’s Edge will be directed into a separate line and fast-tracked for vaccination. As announced earlier, the health department is administering 300 doses of the vaccine by appointment today at Lowe’s Park at River’s Edge.

Willard said 300 people made appointments for these initial 300 doses. “We’re doing 30 (vaccinations) every 30 minutes, but we could do about 60” every 30 minutes, she said.

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