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COVID vaccine & relief boxes available

AHOSKIE – Two regional partners are assisting the Meherrin Indian Tribe in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) has designated 100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the local tribe. ARHS staff will administer second doses of the two-stage vaccine to tribal members from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, March 12 at the Hertford County Health Department, located at 828 South Academy Street, Ahoskie.

NOTE: These 100 doses are only for Meherrin Indian descendants who are required to show proof of residency in Bertie, Gates, Hertford or Northampton counties. If they live outside those counties or outside the state, but own property in any of the aforementioned counties, they are eligible to receive the vaccine, which will be administered first-come, first-serve. They also must bring the vaccination card they were given upon receiving their first dose on Feb. 13.

Additionally, Vidant Health has provided COVID relief boxes that include fresh produce, canned goods, cleaning supplies and face masks (one box per family while supplies last). Those boxes will be available to the general community from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 13 at the Meherrin Tribal Grounds, located at 852 NC 11 South, Ahoskie.

NOTE: This is a drive-thru event. Those receiving the boxes are asked to remain in their vehicles upon entering the Tribal Grounds. A volunteer will place the box inside the vehicle.

 

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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