Cone Well being surpasses COVID-19 vaccine goal on day one of many large-scale clinic at Greensboro Coliseum

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GREENSBORO, NC – A Cone Health spokesperson said Tuesday that workers vaccinated 1,034 people on the first day of a large clinic operated from Greensboro Coliseum.

The parking lot at the Special Events Center was overcrowded when patients aged 65 and over were driven into and out of the building on Tuesday. Several people told FOX8 that their appointments lasted between an hour and an hour and a half.

“It was easy to get you from one station to another, it couldn’t have been better,” said Marge Huneycutt, a Guilford County resident.

The Huneycutts said they were happy to see how many people got the COVID-19 vaccine.

“After the two-step process, three to four weeks, and guess what? We can visit our grandchildren and children again. It’s been over a year since we saw them, ”said David Huneycutt.

Several patients reported shorter lines for Cone Health appointments than those waiting for a vaccine through the Guilford County Health Department.

State health officials hope that large sites can expedite the nationwide adoption of vaccines. Novant Health executives announced Tuesday that they are exploring indoor and outdoor options for a proposed location in the former Hanes Mall Sears, which could open Jan. 25.

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North Carolina Department of Health data shows 16,638 people in Forsyth County received a first dose as of Monday. In Guilford County there are 12,425.

“I miss the little things that I took for granted. I hope in a few months it won’t be so unusual to go to a store, ”said Lynette Wikle.

Lynette and her husband, Jim Wikle, live in Davidson County but have made appointments through Cone Health.

“It’s amazing to be part of something so revolutionary,” she said. “I was just overwhelmed that this was such an important event and I am grateful.”

Cone Health initially wanted to vaccinate 1,000 people on Tuesday.

The Guilford County Health Department has not yet announced the number of vaccines administered.

To register through the GCDPH, Guilford County residents should visit healthyeguilford.com and click the “COVID-19 Vaccine Info” rectangle or call 336-641-7944 and select option 2. To register through Cone Health, visit the Cone Health website.

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