Patricia Rose Foskett
Patricia Rose Foskett, 90, receives a COVID-19 vaccine.

Novant Health will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone who is 65 and older, following updated guidance by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. This follows the initial news in early January that only patients age 75 and older were eligible – the first community members to receive the vaccine.

While time slots opened Jan. 6, Novant Health administered its first patient vaccines on Jan. 5. Clemmons resident Patricia Rose Foskett, 90, was among the first community members to roll up her sleeve and get vaccinated.

“This is the best chance we have to start the healing process,” Foskett said. “I’m going to be 91 years old next month, and I want to be around a lot longer to spend time with my family and to see my grandson graduate from college.” 

Norma DiDonato, 75, of Charlotte also received her first of two COVID-19 vaccines.

Norma DiDonato gets the COVID-19 vaccine
Norma DiDonato

“I have a couple of underlying medical conditions and it’s been hard not being able to hug my daughter,” DiDonato said.  

Eligible persons like DiDonato will get a notification through their MyChart account, prompting them to sign-up for an appointment when one is available. People who do not have MyChart are encouraged to sign up here. This is the easiest and most efficient way to stay up-to-date.

And, it's important to know that supplies are limited. You should expect delays. Please note: we will open additional appointments weekly as supply allows. If an appointment is not yet available to you, we encourage you to check back for new messages on MyChart. Thank you for your patience.

In line with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, people 65 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. Additional guidance on who becomes eligible in the future can be found here.

As the vaccinations get underway at Novant Health, keep in mind the following:

  • In Brunswick County, community members ages 65 and older who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine need to sign up for a MyChart account. Community members eligible at this time for a vaccination will be notified through their MyChart account, through which they can then schedule their vaccination appointment. Recipients do not need to be affiliated with a specific healthcare system to sign up for MyChart or to receive a vaccination. Due to limited vaccine availability, vaccinations will be by appointment only and at a centralized location in Brunswick County.
  • Vaccine is by appointment only. We cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time.  
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is not available at Novant Health hospitals or primary care offices at this time.
  • There is no charge to the patient for the vaccine.  
  • For more information, people can visit NovantHealth.org/CovidVaccine

It’s also critical that we all continue to wear face masks, wash our hands frequently and social distance. This includes people who have gotten both doses of the vaccine. 

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TOP PHOTO: Phillip Wooten, 77, of Winston-Salem received the first of his two COVID-19 vaccine shots on Jan. 5, 2020.