Carteret Health Care, county top 35K vaccine doses administered

A nurse administers one of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to a Carteret Health Care employee in December. Since those initial few doses, the hospital and the Carteret County Health Department report administering more than 35,000 doses. (Elise Clouser photo)

MOREHEAD CITY — With the county’s mass vaccination clinics winding down to second doses only, Carteret Health Care and the County Health Department report they have administered more than 35,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses through the clinics and other vaccination efforts.

CHC and the health department partnered together to hold the vaccination clinics at the former Kmart building in Morehead City. The county hosted the final first-dose vaccination clinic Friday and plans to hold the remaining second-dose clinics in May.

As of Monday, the health department had administered 8,345 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and CHC has administered 26,760. The hospital’s total, not all of which were administered through the mass clinics, breaks down to 13,713 first doses and 13,047 second doses.

Combined, the agency and hospital have put 35,105 shots in arms in Carteret County, but that total does not reflect doses administered at pharmacies or other doctor’s offices. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Service’s vaccination tracking dashboard reports 29,540 people, 42.5% of the population, in Carteret County have had at least one vaccine dose, with 26,546 people fully vaccinated, or 38.2% of the total population.

NCDHHS reports, as of Tuesday, 49.7% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose, while 42% are fully vaccinated.

Hospital officials discussed the county’s mass vaccination efforts during the CHC Board of Directors’ meeting April 26. Hospital President Harvey Case said the clinics had been successful, but vaccine demand has slowed down recently.

“We’re really trying to allocate all the vaccines now to the clinical practices because that’s a very efficient way to deliver, and also through the health department,” he said during the meeting. “We’ve seen some of the demand, like a lot of places, decrease, so the mass clinic is probably not the best setting today.”

Individuals can call the health department at 252-728-8550, option 2, during normal business hours to schedule a vaccination appointment or visit to find a local provider offering the shot.


Contact Elise Clouser at; by phone at 252-726-7081 ext. 229; or follow on Twitter @eliseccnt.

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Why is the county not doing rural outreach by setting clinics up at our volunteer fire departments? With over 30% of our residents in rural areas and the majority being our older population, disappointed to not see this happening. Where did the Covid relief funds the county received go? Were they not supposed to be used for this purpose?


Ma'am, as a resident, same as you, i have to assume you trusted these half wits to deliver a response to a cause that they worked up alot of folks to. Truth be told, this article sells people on a number, but, if you cut the number in half, like the so called vaccine is supposed to be , per pfizer, well, its a sham. Anyway, not to sell the story short, as if anyone needs to, ie: its a real .. , lol, you have no worries. Please let these THIEVES AND FRAUDSTERS exit, and remember them , because if you continue to believe that there was a common cold that sprung up and harmed people, well, we are in a heck of a mess! This was all done to rob you and your loved ones of any basic rights, and money. These are the people who you all live around, and elect to represent you. Its really a shame, that they want to run you folks in the ground, and keep going. Sometimes the truth cuts deep. Good luck, and remove the stupid face diapers.

ps... next election , tell them all to simply leave...... no quarter. [wink]

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