Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine are available, but phone lines to make an appointment are busy.
Catawba County Public Health is offering the vaccine to anyone over 65 as of Jan. 14, in line with recommendations from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The vaccine is free and available to county residents through the health department, but an appointment is required.
To get an appointment, eligible residents can call the appointment line at 828-695-6650 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is also a web portal at www.catawbavaccine.org.
Patients of the Catawba Valley Health System and Frye Regional Medical Center can make appointments through the web portal as well.
Caldwell County is also offering the vaccine to people over 65. To get on a waiting list for an appointment to get the vaccine, call 828-426-8486 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or sign up online at www.caldwellcountync.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccinations.
Caldwell UNC Healthcare is vaccinating people, as well. Appointments are required and can be made online at www.vaccine.unchealthcare.org/get-vaccinated.
In Alexander County, the COVID-19 vaccine is available through the county health department. Appointments for those over 65 are available by phone at 828-352-7724 or online at www.alexandercountync.gov/covid.
Appointments for Burke County residents over 65 are available from Burke County Health Department and Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge by calling 828-580-6147.
The state recommends vaccinations open to anyone over 65 and all health care workers. After that, frontline essential workers are in line to receive the vaccine.