Vaccine clinic set Feb. 20

Published 6:14 pm Tuesday, February 16, 2021

RICH SQUARE – Another COVID-19 vaccination clinic that targets historically marginalized populations in Northampton County will be held here this weekend.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has allocated “set aside” vaccines to provide equitable access to historically marginalized populations (HMP) in the county.

Those individuals are encouraged to take part in a COVID-19 vaccine clinic that is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, Feb 20 at the W.S. Creecy School Gym, located at 210 Roberts Road, Rich Square.

If you are 65 and older, call 252-534-1668 or 252-534-1303 ext 2 to schedule an appointment.

The “set aside” allocations are sent to counties with high population numbers of people 65 and older with low income, counties with high population numbers of HMP aged 65 and older, and counties that received less doses per population in the previous weeks.

The state identified census tracts with a high number of residents who fit those criteria and assigned the allocation based on the county that tract was located in.

According to information from NCDHHS, as of Feb. 3 the breakdown of Northampton County’s vaccine distribution by race was 33 percent Black, 64 percent white, one percent Native American, and one percent Latino.

By comparison, the United States Census Bureau estimates that Northampton County’s population demographics in 2019 were 57.2 percent Black, 40.4 percent white, and 2.6 percent Hispanic or Latino.