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Getting their shot, while they can

In the same week that Durham and Duke University health officials temporarily halted booking new coronavirus vaccinations, people who had appointments did what was needed to get their doses.

Some alone and some with help, they completed health screens and grabbed tickets required to gain entry to three vaccine centers in town.

Some of the foot traffic heading into a vaccination site at Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center at Duke University this week. Photo by Sho Hatakeyama

Others eligible to receive vaccines will have to wait. As 9th Street Journal reporters Rebecca Scheinder and Dryden Quigley report, Durham on Friday hit pause on scheduling new appointments due to a low supply of vaccines.

On Tuesday, state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen released a letter explaining that federal allotment of vaccines to North Carolina dropped from 260,000 to 120,000 this past week. 

A staff member greets a man outside the coronavirus vaccination site at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. Photo by Sho Hatakeyama

In better news, the North Carolina jumped from the 40th to 22nd place in a federal ranking of how many first doses states have moved from cold storage into people’s arms.

At top, a woman receives a mask needed to enter a vaccination site at Durham County Department of Health on East Main Street. Photo by Photo by Sho Hatakeyama