Johnston County Health Department Continues Efforts to Make COVID-19 VaccineAccessible to All
For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2021
Smithfield, NC – With vaccination rates slowing across the nation, the Johnston County Health Department has transitioned from an earlier approach of mass vaccination clinics, to reaching out to the community and bringing the COVID-19 vaccine directly to County residents.
Earlier this week the Health Department, with assistance from the Army National Guard, set up a mobile vaccination clinic at the Woodall Heights community in Smithfield. After administering second dose vaccinations to two previously scheduled patients, the Health Department team went door-to-door to offer the vaccine to residents that were interested. This is just one of many examples of community outreach that has become a staple of the Johnston County Health Department.
“DHHS has a social vulnerability index map and we’ve used that to guide our clinics and community outreach approach,” said Erin Smith, Family Nurse Practitioner for the Johnston County Health Department.
Transportation has also been a key component of the County’s vaccination efforts. “From the beginning we've partnered with JCATS transportation service to assist with getting people to and from the Health Department to get their vaccine. We are partnering with local EMS for homebound delivery of vaccines and we’ve reached out to our Health Department patients including low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals. Our strategies have changed from when we were doing mass clinics but our resolve and effort are still the same,” Smith said.
If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine please contact the Johnston County Health Department at 919-989-5200 or visit them during regular clinic hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
In addition to the regularly scheduled clinic hours at the Johnston County Health Department, upcoming mobile vaccination clinics will be held at the following locations:
-- I-95 Truck Stop- 923 Johnston Pkwy., Kenly, NC 27542 Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, first and second doses
-- Kenly Town Hall- 207 W. 2nd St., Kenly, NC 27542 Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, first and second doses
-- Hinnant Outreach Center- 102 W. Main St., Micro, NC 27555 Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, first and second doses
-- BrightLeaf Flea Market- 2320 S. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield, NC 27577 Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, first and second doses
Mary Banks, Public Health Specialist, Johnston County Health Department and Army National Guard member go door-to-door in Woodall Heights community.
Johnston County Health Department and National Guard set up mobile vaccination clinic at Woodall Heights community in Smithfield, NC.
Erin Smith, Family Nurse Practitioner, Johnston County Health Department