More than 1,000 got their shot at WSOC community collaboration COVID vaccine clinic

CHARLOTTE — A community collaboration among WSOC-TV, Telemundo Charlotte, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department and Northside Baptist Church worked to help residents register for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The partnering organizations signed up residents for a vaccination event that Mecklenburg County facilitated on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Camp North End, 1803 N Graham St., Charlotte, North Carolina 28206.

More than 1,000 people got their shots at the clinic. People who attended the first clinic three weeks ago got their second dose, and first-timers chose between Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

“I didn’t have any side effects and today’s shot, I barely even felt it,” said Deborah Spann, who got her second dose. “I feel that I’m doing a service for the entire community by getting vaccinated and I certainly encourage everyone to do the same.”

All COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19 by creating an antibody response without sickness.

Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

If it was dose 2 of your Pfizer vaccine, then no registration was required. People were asked to bring their COVID-19 vaccination record card to the event.

For dose-1 recipients, they choose which vaccine they received at the event (Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer).

Mecklenburg County Public Health provided the Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID vaccine at no cost to you at the event.

Free Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) transportation

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is announced free rides on all CATS transit services Saturday, May 8. In coordination with Mecklenburg County Public Health, this day of fare-free transit will provide the Charlotte community with greater access to Saturday’s mass vaccination event at Camp North End.

From the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) in Uptown, riders were advised to utilize the Route 22-Graham Street to access the Camp North End vaccination site.

CATS also provided Express bus service directly to Camp North End. Route 77X-North Mecklenburg Express ran every hour between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and served four park-and-rides including Davidson-Gateway, Cornelius, Huntersville-Northcross and Huntersville-Gateway.

If you have any questions, email MeckCVMS@mecknc.gov or call 980-314-9400 option 3 (English) or option 8 (Spanish).

If you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV/Telemundo Charlotte public affairs manager, at Kevin.Campbell@wsoctv.com.