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Vaccine brand changes for Saturday clinics in Bertie

The COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled Saturday, April 17 at four sites across Bertie County will still be held.

In light of the news regarding very rare cases of blood clots found in those receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, officials with the Bertie clinics have changed to the Moderna vaccine.

“We’re in a good position to move forward with these clinics,” stated Ronald “Ron” Wesson, one of the event organizers who also serves as a Bertie County Commissioner. “Our partner, Vidant Health, has confirmed they have enough of the Moderna vaccine to offer at these clinic sites.”

Vidant Bertie Hospital is joining with the West Roanoke Missionary Baptist Association to sponsor the clinics.

“Like everybody else, we’re doing this out of caution over the national news about very rare reactions to the J&J vaccine,” Wesson noted. “The Moderna vaccine is safe and we encourage those who planned to attend one of the clinics on Saturday to come on out. We’re all in this together to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The vaccine is available to all citizens ages 18 and older without pre-registration at the following locations:

C.G. White School, 503 Main Street, Powellsville, from 9 am until 12 noon;

The new Blue Jay Recreation Center on Indian Woods Road from 9 am until 12 noon;

West Bertie Elementary School, 3734 Governors Road, Kelford, from 1-4 pm; and

Windsor Community Building, 201 South Queen Street, from 1-4 pm.

Wesson added that since the Moderna vaccine requires two doses to be effective, the second dose will be administered on Saturday, May 15 at the same four locations and the same times.

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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