ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond and the Richmond County Health Department are continuing to register members of the public for COVID-19 vaccination through Operation FirstShot.
North Carolina opened vaccine eligibility to Group 4 – adults 18 and older with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID-19 – on March 17, allowing FirstHealth and the health department to further expand access. Operation FirstShot will also continue to schedule those from Groups 1, 2 and 3.
The following people from Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 are eligible:
- People 65 and older
- Health care workers
- School staff
- Childcare workers
- Frontline essential workers (critical manufacturing, grocery stores, education, food and agriculture, government and community services, public safety and transportation, those working face-to-face with customers)
- Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 such as cancer, asthma, kidney disease, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, smoking, among others, regardless of living situation.
Anyone in Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 who would like to be vaccinated should call (910) 417-3030 to schedule an appointment. Please be prepared to leave a voicemail message with your name, date of birth, email address and a phone number where you can be reached. A representative of the hospital or health department will call you back within five business days to schedule the appointment as long as vaccine supplies last.
MRH-Richmond is currently administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which requires two doses. The second dose will be given approximately 28 days after the first dose. FirstHealth and the Health Department will schedule a second vaccine at the time recipients receive the first one.
Please be prepared to wait up to 30 minutes after vaccination. All vaccinated persons will be monitored for any side-effects by hospital personnel. We ask that you arrive at your appointment time and no earlier.
FirstHealth and Richmond Health Department officials stressed that vaccine supplies are extremely limited. Ongoing clinics, which will be by appointment only, will depend on vaccine allotments from the state.