A vaccination clinic set for Tuesday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center is for those people scheduled to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a news release from the Lee County Health Department.

The clinic at 1801 Nash St. is for people who received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on or before Jan. 5 or those who were inoculated with the Moderna vaccine on or before Dec. 29, the release said.

Participants must bring the vaccination record card received with the first shot, the release said. The cards include the date and type of vaccine that was given and are proof of eligibility for the follow-up shot, according to the release.

People whose last names begin with letters A-L should arrive between 9 a.m.-noon while those whose last names start with letters M-Z are scheduled to receive the second dose between 1-4 p.m.

All participants must enter the civic center parking lot at 1801 Nash St. from Broadway Road/Main Street on the east side of the building.

Drivers approaching from the Kelly Drive or Bragg Street side will be turned around, the release said.

County manager gives COVID-19 update

Volunteers are stepping up to help the Lee County Health Department speed up its efforts to have all residents vaccinated against COVID-19, County Manager John Crumpton reported to the board of commissioners at Wednesday night’s meeting.

It could take up to 10 months to have all residents vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a shortage of nurses, according to Crumpton.

“The health director has had several volunteers to step forward and help do vaccinations for us,” Crumpton said at the meeting. “We plan on using them going forward.”

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services sent four nurses to help with the inoculations, he said.

A little more than 3,000 residents, or about 5% of the county’s population, have received the first dose of the vaccine, which requires two doses, Crumpton said.

However, the demand could result in a shortage of the vaccine, he said. The supply on hand is to be for the second dose, which could cause supplies to dwindle.

Residents have bombarded the health department with phone calls, creating long delays in response times.

Crumpton said eight additional people, doubling the staff, will be added next week to answer phones in an effort to reduce the backlog.

The number of COVID-19 tests given in the county “are down drastically,” Crumpton said. County spokeswoman Jamie Brown said Thursday that while the county still encourages people to get tested, the number of people requesting tests has declined.

“Hopefully, this means the total number of people getting the virus will start going down,” Crumpton said. “Our numbers have really been up since the holidays.”

The percentage of positive tests stood at 15%, he said.