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Davie ranks high with vaccine rollout

By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

The Davie County Health Department is ranked high among North Carolina counties with vaccinating residents against the COVID-19 virus.

As of Jan. 8, 1,791 Davie residents had received the first dose of the vaccine. Eighteen residents had received both rounds of shots. Those numbers do not include long term care facility vaccinations.

And starting this Friday, the drive-through vaccine clinic will be moved to the Davie County Community Park (old high school) off U.S. 601 South in Mocksville. Until further notice, the vaccine is for Davie residents age 75 or older, or frontline healthcare workers handling COVID patients. Weather permitting, the clinic will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday.

On Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, second-dose clinics will be held every Wednesday from 1-4:30 p.m. at the park.

The vaccines will later be offered to the next phase of residents after those age 75 and older, starting with healthcare workers age 50 and older and those who have in-person contact with patients, then to front-line essential workers which includes many occupations, such as teachers and child care workers. It then goes to those workers of any age before being offered to students and others.

Residents are asked to avoid the US 601 South area during the vaccination times, as traffic is expected to be heavy.

Those going to a clinic are asked to fill out paperwork in advance if possible. It can be found at Daviecountync.gov. That site will also list when a new group of eligible residents can receive the vaccine. Vaccines are received on Tuesdays, so announcements on clinics will be made online or by phone at 336-753-6540

As the vaccines begin to increase, so are the numbers of people infected. A report released Monday revealed that 394 Davie residents are suffering from the virus, with 10 of those in the hospital. To date, 2,629 Davie residents have contracted the virus, 26 died.