UNC Health Southeastern transferred 975 doses of Pfizer vaccines to the Robeson County Health Department this week in an effort to get citizens of Robeson County and North Carolina vaccinated for COVID-19 as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“The health department had exhausted their vaccine supply and this partnership provided an opportunity to get vaccine to patients given their unused capacity to vaccinate,” said Eric Locklear, Director of Pharmacy for UNC Health Southeastern.
The partnership happened through communication with RCHD public health officials Beth Rowell and Tracy Jones, as well as discussion and approval by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
UNC Health Southeastern’s Pharmacy department coordinated logistics to transfer the vaccine to the health department while maintaining ultra-cold temperature requirements.
“We felt it was important to partner with the health department because we share a common mission to serve our community,” said Locklear about the effort.
Individuals ages 65 and older can now access COVID-19 vaccines by scheduling an appointment at three locations in Robeson County: Robeson County Health Department: (910) 671-3216/(910) 671-3220, Southeastern COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic: (910) 671-5395, and Southeastern COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Pembroke: (910) 671-5193. Individuals eligible to receive the vaccine may also email UNC Health Southeastern at firstname.lastname@example.org and include their name, date of birth and phone number, to receive a return call to schedule their appointment