Finding the vaccine in Piedmont Triad North Carolina

Updated: February 13th, 2021:


Finding a COVID Vaccine is not easy.  North Carolina only has 120,000 doses to be allocated across the entire state as of yesterday (January 2021).  Many providers, including the Davidson County Health Department, are receiving no vaccines this week.  But if you are scheduled to receive your second vaccine shot, do not worry—those doses have been set aside and will be available for you.

The key to finding a vaccine right now is to try multiple places.  The vaccine is currently open to all healthcare workers and anyone 65 and older. (With the exception of Alamance County where it is still 75+)  We have church members who have been able to get the vaccine in Davidson County, Lexington, Charlotte, Salisbury, Winston-Salem, Mocksville, Greensboro and Chapel Hill.

WXII has a great link on their website: wxii12.com  It gives a county by county breakdown on accessing the vaccine. We will notify you the next time you will be able to seek an appointment through the Davidson County Health Department.

 https://www.co.davidson.nc.us/976/COVID-19-Vaccine

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new online tool to help North Carolinians know when they will be eligible to get their vaccine.

The Find My Vaccine Group walks users through a series of questions to determine which vaccine group they are in. People can then sign up to be notified when their group can get vaccinated.

Davie County has a first come, first serve clinic beginning this Friday at 10 a.m. at Davie County Community Park in Mocksville.  No appointment is necessary but they caution that their allotment this week is only 400 doses.  Here is the announcement concerning this Friday’s clinic:

The first dose clinic scheduled for Friday (1/29) morning will be first come, first served.  Vaccine administration will begin at 10:00 AM and will go until our vaccine supply is depleted.  The event will not last long as there are only 400 doses of vaccine available.  As you have likely seen or heard in the news, NCDHHS limited vaccine supplies to many local health departments this week.

https://www.daviecountync.gov/96/Health-Department

Established patients can make an appointment through Novant’s MyChart or Wake Forest Baptist’s MyWakeHealth.  The next available appointments for both systems are in March.

Several of our church members went to Chapel Hill and got a vaccine through the UNC-Chapel Hill Healthcare System.  Here is the link:  www.yourshot.org

Check the websites of local county health departments. The Alamance County Health Department is taking appointments today (January 27) beginning at 8:30 a.m. only by phone (336-290-0650). Note that Alamance County is restricting access only to people 75 and older at this time.

Several of our members were able to secure vaccines through Forsyth County:  https://www.co.forsyth.nc.us/publichealth/

and Guilford County:  https://www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/human-services/health-department

Rowan County was offering a first come, first serve clinic, but they have now transitioned to online appointments.  You can make an appointment in Rowan County beginning Monday, February 1, at 10 a.m.  Go through their Health Department Website:  https://www.rowancountync.gov/256/Health-Department

Atrium Health is having a mass vaccination clinic this weekend at Bank of America Stadium.  The 19,000 appointments were filled in less than two days.  This is the second weekend they have held a mass clinic (They vaccinated 16,000 at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend). They will be offering another mass vaccination clinic soon.  If you are willing to drive to Charlotte, go to this website to learn when to sign up.  AtriumHealth.org/COVID19Vaccine

While this is challenging, there are still many opportunities to get a vaccine.  Yesterday, the Governor’s office announced that providers will now know the baseline amount of vaccines they will receive over a three week period.  This will help streamline the availability.  So, keep trying!  Don’t give up.  Try and try again!  Check out all of these resources and more.

It has been so good to hear from many of our church family and friends who have been able to get the vaccine.  With the more contagious UK variant now identified in our state (Mecklenburg County) it is imperative to follow all the safety protocols.  When you have to be around other people, wearing two masks is a wise move.  Until the vaccine begins to turn the tide, we are going to have to be on guard!

We’re in this together.

As the news of COVID-19 expands, there are many sources….some excellent, some OK and some not so good.  You may or may not know that FBC has 2 Public Health professionals in our membership.  We’re collaborating to provide you with accurate news resources.

In keeping with the Baptist philosophy of “priesthood of the believer”, below are some resources for your consumption and discernment.  These below resources are updated daily.

Local
Davidson County, NC Health Department. COVID-19

State of NC
State of NC COVID-19

National Resource
Center for Disease Control, COVID-19

And, if you really want a deep dive into Public Health, International Resource
World Health Organization

Perhaps, one of the best summations to-date of this pandemic, was given by a former Harvard epidemiologist, now with UCLA School of Public Health:

The most important question is, “How do we all get through this?” And we get through this by focusing on what we know, and what we need to learn, and taking care of each other — so not by discriminating, not by panicking, and not by trying to isolate ourselves with our 500 rolls of toilet paper. If you’re my age (note: mid 50s), you have lived through two pandemic influenza outbreaks, 1968 and 2009, you have lived through HIV, you have lived through SARS and MERS and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And in every one of these cases, using what we know we have either been able to make huge advances in minimizing the impact of these viruses, or actually containing them completely. And that’s going to help us with this virus too.

Further, when asked: In terms of possible interventions, then, what can we do?

His response was: I think the last thing I would say we can do, very concrete, is we can take care of each other. If you’re aware of a friend or colleague or a neighbor who has had to self-isolate because either they have COVID-19 or they have been in contact, call them up. You cannot get COVID-19 over the phone. It just doesn’t happen. So call up and make sure they’re OK, see if they need anything, just check in on them. If you know someone who is elderly and home alone, call them up, make sure they’re OK. Just check in on them. That’s how we’re going to get through this, is by using knowledge that we learn both about this virus and what we know about other viruses and public health in general, and compassion. 

The above reads like some thing we, FBC, are already doing!  Keep ministering (at a distance) and if you’re not, start ministering…we’re in this together for the long haul and there’s good to be had in bad situations!

Growing Generous Givers

Lois Hill and Brenda Hipp attended “Growing Generous Givers “, a stewardship conference led by Ruben Swing.  The three are pictured here on Friday,  September 19 at Wake Forest Baptist Church.  The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina sponsored the event.

Ruben Swing, Brenda Hipp, and Lois Hill (from left to right)

Ruben Swing, Brenda Hipp, and Lois Hill (from left to right)

Ideas and examples were shared for encouraging giving.   In terms of motivation or reinforcement,  did you know that giving is good for your mental and physical health and that your generosity tends to evoke generosity in others.  You may see some of the ideas from this conference modified to fuel our congregation as the  Commitment and Finance committees carry out their parts in our church’s ministry.

NC Baptist All-State Youth Choir Concert

July 18 – 7:00 p.m. – First Baptist Church Sanctuary

Ninety-six young people from Baptist Churches all over North Carolina will come together to form the “North Carolina Baptist All-State Youth Choir.” This year’s theme is IMAGE,  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” Colossians 1: 15.

Admission is free and everyone is cordially invited to attend.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina (CBFNC)

2014 General Assembly March 28 – 29,  First Baptist, Greensboro, NC

All FBC Deacons, Sunday School teachers, Mission leaders, and all members are encouraged to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn and fellowship.

 

The Baptist Bible School of Belize 2013

On October 6, 2013, the Baptist Bible School of Belize held its fifth graduation in Orange Walk.  There were twelve very happy graduates–the largest class ever. There was a pastor from way down south near Punta Gorda and up north at Orange Walk as well as from Belize City. Most graduates are lay leaders, including a pastor’s wife who has brought many into the church at Burrell Boom, an energetic 74-year-old, and an American who has adopted several children from Belize. The later paid his own way.

Belize Bible School graduation 2013

Belize Bible School graduation 2013
photo by Rev. Susan Pasour, the stateside coordinator for the BBSB

FBC has supported this school from its beginnings in 2006. Dennis Hipp and Graham Hall were provided travel to assist in the school. Since Graham’s “retirement”, funding has helped Brenda Hipp to travel and assist with the school and attend this 2013 graduation. Designated funds have been sent to CBFNC and accessed to pay for student’s books, for food for students during the three weeks they spend in school at the Baptist Training Center, and for administrative costs. Much of this has come from Fellowship/Philpott Sunday School class of FBC. It is not a line item in either the FBC or CBFNC budgets. But it is a cause that changes the lives of the participants and those to whom they minister.

Brenda Hipp