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The Halifax County Health Department will allow the general public to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination after a large number of people showed up at Halifax Community College today to receive the shot.

Health Director Bruce Robistow said there were approximately 360 vaccinations given.

The remainder of this week had been reserved for people in the 1A category, those being frontline workers. However, many people from the general public showed up. “We prioritized the 1As and continued to vaccinate the general public as time permitted.” 

Robistow said about a third of the people who received the vaccine today were in the 1A category.

He said beginning Wednesday there will be two lines — one for those in the 1A category and one for the general public. 

“We decided to turn no one away,” Robistow said, “I was impressed to see the amount of people who are eager to get the vaccine. It was uplifting for our vaccination team to see such a large number of citizens wearing masks, wanting to get vaccinated and grateful for all the work that our COVID-19 team has been placing on the effort for the last nine months. Many of the citizens shared their gratitude for the daily reports, radio communications and other efforts to get information out regarding COVID-19.”

The vaccinations begin at 9 a.m. at the 700 building of the college, which is Rural Health Group’s school-based health center. 

Those in the 1A category will be prioritized.

The news of opening up the vaccine to the public comes as the health department today adds 20 new positive cases to its data. That brings the total cumulative positives since March to 3,085.

There continues to be a sustained increase in the number of positive cases.

There have been 52 related deaths with the following breakdown: 26 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; nine within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; five within the Enfield area ZIP code; five within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Halifax area ZIP code; two within the Hollister area ZIP code; two within the Littleton area ZIP code; and one within the Hobgood area ZIP code. 

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The health department reported Monday there were 1,163 total positive cases of which 1,004 have recovered. There were 102 active cases. There have been 57 related deaths.