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Large-scale vaccination site opens in Greenville Monday

GREENVILLE — Vidant Health and the Pitt County Health Department are partnering to open a large-scale COVID-19 vaccine site on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Greenville Convention Center.

Vaccines will be administered on an appointment-only basis. Community members throughout eastern North Carolina who are included in the current phase of North Carolina’s vaccine rollout plan will be eligible to make appointments, according to a release from Vidant Health. Scheduling details will be announced in the coming days.

“The public is encouraged to be patient as it will take some time to get all of those eligible vaccinated,” the release says. “The initial goal is to administer more than 4,000 vaccines per week depending on the state’s vaccine allocations.”

Everyone ages 65 and older is currently eligible to be vaccinated.

“This is a historic moment for Vidant, Pitt County and eastern North Carolina, as we work together to bring hope to our community,” said Dr. Michael Waldrum, chief executive officer of Vidant Health. “Vidant has spent the last year responding to this pandemic in tremendous ways and this is the next chapter as we bring safety and healing to the East. Vidant has full confidence in the vaccines and we are fully committed to working with our partners to launch and operate the largest vaccine effort in the history of the region.”