Four hundred second doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 190 first doses of the Moderna vaccine were given Saturday in Wake Forest Baptist Health’s second drive-through vaccination clinic in the West Park Medical Plaza parking lot in North Wilkesboro.
Kim Bumgarner, with Wake Forest Baptist Health, said the clinic Saturday and another on Jan. 30 were Wake Forest Baptist Health’s first two drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The Jan. 30 clinic also was at West Park.
Wake Forest Baptist staff have relevant prior experience from working at drive-through flu vaccination clinics at West Park, said Bumgarner. The Health Foundation helps make drive-through vaccinations possible by allowing use of West Park for the clinics, she added.
The two drive-through COVID-19 clinics were for people 65 and older with Wake Forest Baptist Health medical records numbers as a result of being patients at Wilkes Medical Center or other medical facilities or practices associated with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Medical personnel were also eligible.
Bumgarner said about 95% of those vaccinated at the two clinics were Wilkes County residents. Appointments were required at both.
She said there were no long lines of vehicles and people generally didn’t arrive earlier than necessary for their scheduled times Saturday. Hours were 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upon arrival Saturday, the first stop for people being vaccinated Saturday was registration.
Those who received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Jan. 30 clinic were directed to one of two lanes for a second dose of Pfizer. If they hadn’t received a first dose yet, they were directed to one lane for a first dose of Moderna.
After being vaccinated, people in all three lines went to another area of the parking lot to wait for 15 minutes in case they had a reaction serious enough to require medical attention.
She said the amount of vaccine coming each week changes so Wake Forest Baptist Health officials don’t know when the health system’s next COVID-19 clinics will be held in Wilkes. “We do know that since we gave 190 first doses of Moderna Saturday, we’ll be back on March 20 to give 190 second doses of Moderna.”
More than 1,200 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been provided at Wilkes Medical Center to Wake Forest Baptist Health employees at Wilkes Medical Center and other locations.
Over 32,000 doses of vaccine, including first and second doses, have been provided to Wake Forest Baptist employees and patients across the region.