Line stretches down road as people wait to get COVID-19 vaccine in Wentworth

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WENTWORTH, N.C. — A line stretched down the street for most of the day Tuesday as people waited for hours for their chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Tuesday, the Rockingham County Division of Public Health began Phase 1b of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Prioritization Plan.

A line of cars stretched across Highway 65 for most of the day with first responders directing traffic in the area.

The Knight family waited for at least six hours before making it to the tent for an injection. 

“If it does what it’s supposed to do, I think it will be well worth it,” said Sondra Beene, who took her parents to get vaccinated Tuesday.

She explained that the family lost a loved one to COVID-19. Another relative is fighting the virus in the hospital now.

“We’re not allowed to visit and be a part of what’s going on with her right now and give her comfort and support,” Beene said.

Rockingham County’s Health Director said while the clinic was first come first serve, the department may be moving to an appointment system in the future due to high demand.

“Some people can’t go online to do this, so can we dedicate a phone line, so we don’t crash all the county phone systems,” Trey Wright explained.

In the first group of Phase 1b, people ages 75 and older can get vaccinated.

Rockingham County Public Health is working with citizens at the DSS/Public Health entrance.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the health department will continue to offer vaccines at the Check-In Booth, located at 371 NC Highway 65, Reidsville.

Anyone interested in getting vaccinated must fill out a Provider Consent Form, which is available on the Rockingham County website, and bring a printed copy to the vaccination site.

Patients are required to stay for an extra 15 minutes after receiving the shot in case they experience any adverse reactions.

For more information, call (336) 342-8140.

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