COVID-19 Snapshot Update (April 13, 2021)

04.13.2021

COVID-19 Snapshot Update: Brunswick County Health Services offers limited number of vaccine appointments this Saturday, addresses latest guidance on pausing of J&J vaccine (April 13, 2021)

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BOLIVIA, N.C.— All adults aged 16 and older can still schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine this week with Brunswick County Health Services, including a limited number of appointments this Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the County’s vaccination clinic in Shallotte.

Individuals interested in scheduling an appointment at the Shallotte clinic this week, including Saturday, must call the Brunswick County Public Health Call Line at 910.253.2339 (select option 2) to schedule. The call line is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding county-observed holidays.

Health Services is adding the special three-hour block of appointments this Saturday to add vaccination opportunities for individuals who are unable to visit a clinic during the work week. Individuals are encouraged to call ahead early if they would like a Saturday appointment as the health department cannot guarantee it will offer Saturday appointments each week.

Individuals can also search for appointments available at the clinic in Bolivia using Novant Health’s online scheduling site here. This website will show appointment openings on Mondays through Fridays only.

Appointments are still required at all county clinics. Select county clinics are organized through a partnership between Novant Health, Brunswick County Health Services and Dosher Memorial Hospital. ­­

Brunswick County Health Services cannot schedule appointments in person at the Brunswick County Government Complex.

Addressing recent recommendations about the J&J Vaccine

In light of recent recommendations issued April 13 from the CDC and FDA, Brunswick County Health Services will pause use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine until further notice. Health Services still has enough local reserves of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and does not anticipate rescheduling any appointments this week (April 13-17) should individuals accept either of these versions of the vaccine.

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Until the review process is complete, the federal agencies are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution.

Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.htmlexternal icon.

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for adults over the age of 16, while the Moderna vaccine is approved for adults 18 and older. Both vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death caused by COVID-19.

If you need to cancel your appointment, call or email the Public Health Call Line as soon as possible to cancel your appointment. Promptly contacting us allows us to better schedule another patient for the spot, depending on available supplies that week.

Those scheduling appointments may have the option to schedule what type of vaccine they receive based on what is sent from the NCDHHS. Vaccine providers are not guaranteed to receive all three types of vaccines each week. You may have to wait for an appointment or find another clinic if you are looking for a particular vaccine type.

More information about additional opportunities to schedule vaccine appointments and answers to frequently asked questions are at brunswickcountync.gov/vaccines

Brunswick County’s Public Health Call Line is available for those who do not have internet or computer access to schedule an appointment or for COVID-19 questions.

Key Statistics

  • County Alert System: Brunswick County remains on the Yellow/Significant Impact Tier
  • Case Counts: As of April 13, 8,809 total county residents have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Of these, 233 are considered active, 8,428 are considered recovered, and 148 have died
  • Vaccinations: As of April 12, 51,047 (35.7%) residents are now partially vaccinated and 42,176 (29.5%) are fully vaccinated
  • Testing: As of April 13, about 6.4% of tests conducted in Brunswick County are yielding positive results

More information about COVID-19, testing, local case counts and vaccines is on the Health Services COVID-19 webpage.

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Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033