The Wilkes County Health Department announced that due to inclement weather and safety concerns, the COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, Feb. 19 at Lowe’s Park at River Edge will start at noon instead of 10 a.m.

“Due to safety concerns for clients and staff, we are asking that no one receiving a vaccine show up at River’s Edge prior to 11 a.m. Please add two hours to your scheduled appointment time to know when to show up," according to a statement on the health department website.

Appointments at 10 a.m. Friday are now at noon, those at noon are now at 2 p.m. etc. This clinic is for only for people with appointments for second doses of the Moderna vaccine.

The vaccination clinic will share the old airport runway (Industrial Drive) along the front side of the park with power company utility trucks, according to the statement. “We anticipate this will slow our process down a little bit. We will work to get everyone through as quickly and safely as possible.  Please be patient with us as we are working together to ensure everyone can get a vaccine and have power,” the statement continued.

The clinic date for those with appointments for first doses of the Moderna vaccine in the clinic scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, canceled due to weather-related safety concerns and the impact on vaccine shipments, hasn’t been determined yet. “We will reach out to you as soon as we know vaccine has shipped and have an anticipated delivery date,” said the statement.

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