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FAYETTEVILLE – MAY 11, 2021 –  Starting today, Cape Fear Valley Health’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics will vaccinate individuals ages 12 and older following Monday’s US Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger teens and adolescents ages 12 to 15.  The addition of younger teens and adolescents expanded the population eligible for the vaccine, which previously was available for those ages 16 and older.

“We anticipated and are prepared for the expansion of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 12 to 15”, said Chris Tart, PharmD, Vice President of Professional Services.  “We are glad to see access increased for the Pfizer vaccine to this age group, which is another step in getting the country to herd immunity and ending the pandemic.”

Cape Fear Valley’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics now accept walk-in patients until clinic capacity is reached. Appointments are also still available.

With the exception of the Bladen Express Care clinic in Elizabethtown, appointments can be made online at www.capefearvalley.com/covid19. The Bladen clinic is only accepting appointments by phone, at (910) 862-2122. Appointments for the week of May 10 will open after 5 p.m. today.

All the health system’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be offering the Pfizer vaccine, which is now approved for people ages 12 and up. Patients between the ages of 12 and 18 must have a parent or guardian present to receive their vaccinations.

First doses of Moderna will no longer be available, but patients can still receive their second Moderna dose at the same location they received their first dose. Cape Fear Valley is operating four clinics with first-dose shots of the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are never required for second doses, but patients are asked to return to the same location where they received their first dose in order to receive their second dose.

The specific hours of operation for each clinic are below and the information can also be found on the website listed above.

Health Pavilion North ExpressCare in North Fayetteville: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 6387 Ramsey Street in North Fayetteville.

New site: Bladen Express Care in Elizabethtown: Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Note: This clinic does not make appointments through the website. Patients may call the Express Care to make an appointment at (910) 862-2122.

Address: 107 E. Dunham St. in Elizabethtown.

Hoke Pharmacy in Raeford: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 300 Medical Pavilion Drive, Suite 100, off Highway 401 in Raeford inside Hoke Pavilion Medical Office Building. Individuals will pull in the main entrance and follow the instructions for parking in the main lot.

Center Pharmacy in Downtown Fayetteville: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 101 Robeson Street, Suite 107, in Downtown Fayetteville. Individuals will park in the main lot and enter the pharmacy through the main entrance.