FEMA mass vaccination site at Four Seasons in Greensboro begins taking appointments

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Registration opened Friday for the upcoming mass vaccination site at the Four Seasons Town Center in Greensboro.

The FEMA COVID-19 vaccine site opens on March 10 and will be open seven days a week for an eight-week period.

The site is expected to be able to vaccinate 3,000 people a day and administer 21,000 doses a week.

Anyone qualified and interested in receiving the vaccine can schedule an appointment at GSOMassVax.org.

The facility allows patients to choose between drive-thru service in the parking lot and walk-in service in the space formerly occupied by Dillard’s department store. 

As of Friday, the site is only accepting appointments for people in Groups 1 through 3.

Friday NC Emergency Management personnel prepared the site for the arrival of nearly 140 members of the US Air Force, who will help administer shots, direct traffic and carry vaccine as needed.

“We have freezers to store the vaccine in, and we have runners and teams that will be able to distribute it quickly to the sites where it’s needed, whether that’s at the indoor clinic or the outdoor clinic,” said Keith Acree, public information officer for NC Emergency Management.

He said that teams spent the day finalizing plans to move thousands of people through the site as quickly as possible.

“A lot of folks that are involved in this are excited about it, they’re excited to be part of something and help get back to their community, so there’s a lot of sense of pride from the folks that are doing this work,” Acree said.

“Greensboro is pleased to play a vital role in vaccinating the general public,” said Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “We look forward to working with the Biden, Cooper and Guilford County health departments as we continue to focus on vaccination, prevention and reducing the spread of COVID-19. Through those coordinated efforts we can keep businesses in business and send our students back to school full time.”

North Carolinians will be able to schedule appointments through their state and local vaccination scheduling portals, and the facility will follow the eligibility requirements set by the state.

The Greensboro site won’t be alone in this new effort. The site will act as a “hub” with additional supporting vaccination centers, also referred to as “spokes,” reaching nearby communities. Spoke locations will be determined by the state. 

Spokes from the Greensboro location may be fixed or mobile centers pending the state’s decision. 

Gov. Roy Cooper said, “This federally supported vaccine center will help North Carolina get more shots in arms and assist us in reaching more underserved communities.”

The federal government will provide the center’s vaccine supply, which will be in addition to North Carolina’s weekly allotment from the Centers for Disease Control.

The decision to include Greensboro was based on a CDC/FEMA framework aiming to target those most vulnerable, said Andy Slavitt, senior advisory of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 team.. The CDC framework takes into consideration socioeconomic status, household composition, minority status, languages, housing type and transportation, among other factors.

Four Seasons was chosen in particular because the location has sufficient parking and is accessible via public transportation.  

“Thousands of North Carolinians will be able to access vaccines as result of this local, state, and federal partnership. We appreciate everyone working together to focus on getting vaccines to our underserved communities,” said NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

Here is the full update issued by the federal government:

Today, the White House announced that the Administration will be partnering with the State of North Carolina to build a new major Community Vaccination Centers (CVC) in Greensboro.

The CVC will be at the Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro. The site will be capable of administering approximately 3,000 shots in arms a day (21,000 doses per week), and will operate seven days a week for an eight-week period.

The White House is deploying federal teams immediately to work hand-in-hand with the state and local jurisdictions, and the site is expected to be up and running in the next two weeks. The CVC will utilize primarily federal staff in support of state and local governments.

The site will act as a “hub” with additional supporting vaccination centers—or “spokes”—reaching nearby communities. Spoke locations will be determined by the state. Spokes from the Greensboro location may be fixed or mobile centers pending the state’s decision. During this pilot period, the federal government will provide limited direct allocation to these sites through FEMA—as we do through federal entities for other federal programs.

The site was identified using a range of criteria, most central to those is the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index. This tool was created to help emergency response planners and public health officials identify and map communities that will most likely need support before, during, and after a hazardous event. The index takes into consideration critical data points, including socioeconomic status, household composition, minority status, languages, housing type and transportation.

Site considerations for the Four Seasons Town Centre location included adequate parking and access to public transportation. The Greensboro Transit Agency public transportation system serves the Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem areas. 

The goal of establishing these joint federal pilot centers is to continue to expand the rate of vaccinations in an efficient, effective and equitable manner, with an explicit focus on making sure that communities with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection are not left behind.

North Carolinians will be able to schedule appointments at the CVC through their state and local vaccination scheduling portals, and eligibility requirements for the CVC will mirror those of state and local requirements.

Ensuring Vaccine Access to Vulnerable Populations in and around Guilford County:

  • Guilford County was identified as one of multiple North Carolina counties with significantly underserved/marginalized populations.  
  • In Guilford County, where less than 10% of the population has been vaccinated as of mid-February, there’s currently a 15.9% poverty rate, and nearly half of the population are minorities. 11.1% of the population has a disability and 14.5% of the population is over 65 years old. Nearly 3% of the population has a limited English proficiency, and 6.4% of households does not have a vehicle.
  • Guilford County’s geographic proximity to other counties with high SVI, including Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, and Randolph, makes it an ideal location for a vaccination hub.

Here is the full update issued by Gov. Roy Cooper’s office:

Governor Roy Cooper today announced the establishment of a COVID-19 vaccination center in North Carolina, in partnership with the federal government.

“This federally supported vaccine center will help North Carolina get more shots in arms and assist us in reaching more underserved communities,” said Governor Cooper.

The FEMA-supported COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center will open at Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro on March 10 and will remain open for eight weeks. It will operate seven days a week with the capacity to provide up to 3,000 vaccinations per day, with options for drive-thru service in the parking lot and walk-in service in the space formerly occupied by Dillard’s department store. 

To reach more marginalized and underserved communities, the main vaccination center at Four Seasons Town Centre will support additional sites and mobile vaccination clinics in communities of need in Guilford and surrounding counties.

The federal government will provide the center’s vaccine supply, which will be in addition to North Carolina’s weekly allotment from the Centers for Disease Control.

“Thousands of North Carolinians will be able to access vaccines as result of this local, state, and federal partnership. We appreciate everyone working together to focus on getting vaccines to our underserved communities,” said NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

“We are excited that a federal community vaccination center is coming to North Carolina,” said Mike Sprayberry, State Emergency Management Director. “We are working with our local, state and federal partners to be ready to administer vaccines starting March 10 in a safe and efficient process.”

“This FEMA vaccination site, which will administer an additional 3,000 vaccines a day, is a welcome addition to the Triad,” said Rep. Kathy Manning (NC-06). “COVID-19 disproportionately impacts people of color and this vaccination location will help ensure that vaccines get to populations that are traditionally underserved. As vaccine distribution continues, equity must be a priority.”

“Greensboro is pleased to play a vital role in vaccinating the general public,” said Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “We look forward to working with the Biden, Cooper and Guilford County health departments as we continue to focus on vaccination, prevention and reducing the spread of COVID19. Through those coordinated efforts we can keep businesses in business and send our students back to school full time.”

 “This announcement is welcome news for our communities,” said Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman Skip Alston. “We are honored to help play a larger part in getting our state vaccinated. Given our centralized location and our strong transportation infrastructure, Guilford County is thrilled to be strategic partner in the vaccine rollouts for North Carolina.”

The site will be staffed by federal personnel, mostly from the Department of Defense. It will be supported with resources and personnel from Guilford County, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, to include the Division of Emergency Management and the North Carolina National Guard, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Support services will include logistics, information technology, data entry, emergency medical services and security.

Appointments will be required for vaccination at the site and will be available through a central system and through community partners to ensure access among marginalized populations. Information on scheduling appointments will be released in the coming days.

Guilford County was selected for a vaccination site by FEMA and the CDC as an area with significant underserved or marginalized populations, using a range of criteria including the Centers for Disease Control Social Vulnerability Index (CDC SVI), historical COVID-19 community impacts and the current rate and pace of equitable community vaccinations. The county has a population of about 523,000 residents, of which 49% are minorities. About 11% of county residents have received first dose vaccinations and 5.6% have received second doses.

Visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov for accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccines. To slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, continue to practice the 3 Ws – wear a mask, wait six feet apart and wash your hands.

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