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Posted on: January 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - January 25, 2021

For Immediate Release


COVID-19 InformationVaccine Information
Phone: 980-432-1800
Onsite at vaccine clinics:
Text rocopod to 888777 or tune into 88.7 FM for updates

Rowan County COVID-19 Case Information:

Vaccine Clinics Move to Appointment-Based Model 

In a letter released today from Public Health Director Nina Oliver, the Health Department will move to an appointment-based model for vaccines beginning with its first-dose clinic scheduled for Wednesday, January 27.  Vaccine allocations from the state remain low at this time, so Director Oliver urged eligible but healthy and willing citizens to hold off vying for the appointment slots until more are available, or for citizens who are Novant Health patients to focus attempts to seek a vaccination through their clinic.  

Make an Appointment for a First Dose Vaccine

Appointment slots will be available beginning at 10 AM on the County’s First Dose Clinics webpage.  Citizens without access to computers or internet may wish to visit their nearest Rowan Public Library location to utilize free public Wi-Fi and computers.  Citizens may call the COVID hotline at 980-432-1800, but due to anticipated increased call volume, wait times may be much longer than normal.   Therefore, you should make all attempts to schedule online. Please do not email to schedule an appointment – staff will be unable to do so and will redirect you to the webpage.   

Moving forward, appointment slots will open Mondays at 10 AM each week for Wednesday vaccine clinics.   The Health Department would like to allow citizens to schedule appointments further in advance.   However, we do not want to put you in a situation that occurred last week with surrounding counties where appointments were scheduled, but they did not receive vaccines causing (in some cases thousands of) appointments to be cancelled.   

You may wish to reach out to your primary care provider for a referral to Novant Health’s vaccination clinic effort, or log into your MyChart account at

Thank you for your continued patience as we work toward our number one priority of ensuring that all Rowan County citizens that want a vaccine can receive it, while also balancing vaccine supply and abiding by the phased approach provided to us by NCDHHS.


Amy Smith

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