COVID-19 Vaccination Information & Updates

SAMPSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID HELPLINE
(910) 490-1056
This number is answered weekdays, between the hours of 8 am – 5pm.

Who is Currently Eligible?
Vaccination Events **** All scheduled events are subject to vaccine availability ****

Sampson County’s Upcoming Vaccination Events
(please read carefully as some are for appointments only and others open first-come/first served)

February 17th, 2021 (INSIDE, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
  • Location:  Inside Prestage Hall, Sampson County Expo Center, 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton
  • Times: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Eligible Groups: Vaccines will be given to front line health care workers and persons 65 years and older who have Sampson County Health Department appointments.
February 24, 2021 (DRIVE THRU – SECOND DOSE ONLY)
  • Location:  Drive Thru Clinic, Sampson County Expo Center, 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton
  • Times:  8 am – 4 pm
  • Eligible Groups: Reserved for 65+ year old group who received first dose vaccines during the January 23rd event
February 27, 2021 Flyer (English / Spanish)
  • Location:  Drive Thru Clinic, Sampson County Expo Center, 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton
  • Times: 9 am - 4 pm
  • Eligible Groups: Childcare and grade school employees
March 3, 2021 Flyer (English / Spanish)
  • Location:  Drive Thru Clinic, Sampson County Expo Center, 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton
  • Times: 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Eligible Groups: Childcare and grade school employees
Reserved Appointment Dates Flyer (English / Spanish)
  • Friday, February 26th 8am through 4pm
  • Friday, March 5th 8am through 4pm
  • Friday, March 12th 8am through 4pm
  • Location:  Sampson County Health Department, 360 County Complex Road, Clinton

To make an appointment, please call (910) 490-1056 or (910) 592-1131 ext. 4001. Appointments will depend on vaccine availability and are not guaranteed.


Past Events

  • Sampson County Vacination Clinic - Feb. 10, 2021 (Second Doses and Initial Doses) (Flyer - English/Spanish
  • Sampson County Vaccination Clinic - Feb. 3, 2021 (INSIDE, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
  • Sampson County Vaccination Clinic - Jan. 23, 2020 (Press Release) (Flyer - English/Spanish) (Parking Diagram)
  • Commwell Health Drive-thru Vaccination Clinics - January 21 & 25, 2021 (Flyer)
Other/Community Vaccination Events

  • Middle District Missionary Baptist Association Partnering with Goshen Medical Clinic Vaccination Clinics (Flyer) * Various Dates and locations

Post-Vaccination Information and Guidance
Even though citizens are being vaccinated it is important to continue following safety guidance, including following the Three Ws: wear your mask, wait 6 feet, and wash your hands. Below is some updated CDC guidance:

Updated guidance regarding maximizing mask effectiveness.
This guidance does not recommend double-masking routinely, but it does recommend specific measures to improve fit and recommends “adding layers” either by
    • Using a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric, OR
    • Wearing one disposable mask (sometimes referred to as a surgical mask or a medical procedure mask) underneath a cloth mask.
Updated the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel.
This guidance expands options for source control and patient care activities in areas of moderate to substantial transmission to include use of:
    • An N95 respirator OR
    • A respirator approved under standards used in other countries that are similar to NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirators OR
A well-fitting facemask (e.g., selection of a facemask with a nose wire to help the facemask conform to the face; selection of a facemask with ties rather than ear loops; use of a mask fitter; tying the facemask’s ear loops and tucking in the side pleats; fastening the facemask’s ear loops behind the wearer’s head; use of a cloth mask over the facemask to help it conform to the wearer’s face).

Updated quarantine guidance for vaccinated persons.
This guidance states that vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet if they meet all of the following criteria:
    • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) AND
    • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series AND
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

These updated quarantine criteria could be applied when considering work restrictions for fully vaccinated healthcare personnel with higher-risk exposures as a strategy to alleviate staffing shortages. Of note, exposed healthcare personnel would not be required to quarantine outside of work.    

As an exception to the above guidance no longer requiring quarantine for fully vaccinated persons, vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings should continue to quarantine following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This exception is due to the unknown vaccine effectiveness in this population, the higher risk of severe disease and death, and challenges with social distancing in healthcare settings. Although not preferred, healthcare facilities could consider waiving quarantine for vaccinated patients and residents as a strategy to mitigate critical issues (e.g., lack of space, staff, or PPE to safely care for exposed patients or residents) when other options are unsuccessful or unavailable.


Transportation Services Available
If you are a Sampson County resident and want to come to a drive-thru event but do not have transportation, please call Sampson Area Transportation at  (910) 299-0127.  COVID precautions limit the number of riders allowed on our vehicles, so transportation assistance is dependent upon availability of vehicles and seats during the event. The ride is free, but limited to the vaccine event location and return trip. All passengers MUST comply with the COVID protocols established by Sampson Area Transportation, which includes wearing a face covering all at times.

Do you have a scheduled vaccination appointment with the Sampson County Health Department and need transportation to that appointment? Fare free assistance may be available for Sampson County residents by calling  Sampson Area Transportation at (910) 299-0127.  COVID precautions limit the number of riders allowed on our vehicles, so transportation assistance is dependent upon availability of vehicles and seats on the day/time of  your appointment. Transportation is available only from your residence to the appointment and return, and may involve some wait time for the next available vehicle for the return trip. All passengers MUST comply with the COVID protocols established by Sampson Area Transportation, which includes wearing a face covering all at times.

What are the Vaccine Priorities?
State Vaccine Infographic
(The State’s goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible given the limited supply of vaccine. The priority for eligibility is set by the State, aligning with federal priorities. Here is a simple graphic to explain the most recent priorities. This is subject to frequent change.)

NCDHHS Updates (January 14, 2021 update)
https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/COVID-19-Vaccine-Update.pdf

General Information on COVID-19 Vaccines – Your best shot against COVID-19
https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/COVID19-Vaccine-101-Deck-Final.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/frequently-asked-questions