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Henderson Co. moves into next phase of vaccinations, health officials monitor COVID cases

'End is in sight' COVID-19 vaccines administered to Buncombe County first responders
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (Photo courtesy Buncombe County Health and Human Services)

News 13 continues tracking COVID-19 numbers and vaccination efforts across the mountains.

Wednesday morning, the chief medical officer at Pardee Hospital provided a virtual update in Henderson County, as Tier 1B vaccinations began. That tier covers anyone 75 and older.

Across Henderson County, three different community clinics are set up. Pardee's will be over at Blue Ridge Community College.

It did a soft run-through there Tuesday.

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The health department has its set up at East Henderson High School.

Meanwhile, the Blue Ridge Community Health site is over at North Henderson.

These are not walk-up clinics. You must make an appointment first.

Dr. David Ellis, from Pardee UNC Health, said they received more than 500 calls for their clinic just on Tuesday.

“That clinic will again have a little bit of a soft opening today. We’re planning on just doing somewhere in the range of 100 to 150 today. Tomorrow and Friday we are going to be more in the 300 range,” he added.

This all comes at a time when hospitalizations are also still up.

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On Wednesday, Ellis confirmed Pardee had 47 COVID-19 patients.

“We have seen some decline over the course of the last couple of weeks. We hope we don’t see a surge from Christmas. If we’re gonna see a surge from Christmas, it’s probably going to be through the end of this week, next week and the week after,” he added.

To pre-register for the Pardee vaccination clinic, call 828-694-8222 (694-VACC).

Residents can also call 828-585-4700 to make a vaccine appointment through the health department.

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