A drop in demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has prompted the Lee County Health Department to begin transitioning away from the weekly drive-thru clinics.

The Health Department continues to use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both requiring two doses, according to a news release.

Two drive-thru clinics for those receiving first doses of the vaccine are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

Drive-thru clinics for residents due for a second shot are planned April 27-28, May 4 and May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beginning Thursday, first-dose vaccines will be available by appointment at the Lee County Health Clinic at 106 Hillcrest Drive. A limited number of appointments will be made to those 16 and older, the release said.

After May 11, second-dose recipients will be required to make appointments to receive shots at the Health Clinic, the release said.

Residents who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus are encouraged to take part in the drive-thru clinics next week, the release said.

Anyone wanting to register for a vaccination should call 919-842-5744 between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To register in Spanish, call 919-718-4640 and select option 8.

Pre-registration is available at leecountync.gov/covid19.