Spectrum Center To Serve As Mass Vaccination Site For Novant Health

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CHARLOTTE – Spectrum Center will serve as a mass vaccination site for Novant Health this Saturday, February 13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The health care system will administer approximately 2,200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to community members who are currently eligible within North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, including teachers and staff of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Vaccines will be available by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accommodated at this event.

 Friday, February 12

 WHAT: Media availability and opportunity to preview the vaccination setup inside Spectrum Center and shoot b-roll or photos.

WHEN:  2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Media set-up can begin at 2:15)

WHO:  Fred Whitfield, Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & Vice Chairman

Jesse Cureton, Novant Health Executive Vice President & Chief Consumer Officer

WHERE: Media should enter Spectrum Center through the Media/Employee Entrance on 5th Street. The media availability will take place in the main lobby.

Note: Media entering Spectrum Center will be asked to undergo a wellness and temperature check, as well as security screening, so please arrive early.

Saturday, February 13

WHAT: Media will not be able to enter Spectrum Center during the vaccination event due to health privacy laws, though they may shoot b-roll and/or photos, as well as interview representatives outside Spectrum Center. Media are asked to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Set up either by the 5th Street box office windows on the side of the building closest to the light rail tracks or across 5th Street outside the SpringHill Suites and Center City Green parking deck
  • Only interview community members after they have exited Spectrum Center, not while they are waiting in line to enter
  • Do not park on the curb or on 5th Street in front of Spectrum Center

WHEN: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

WHO: Representatives from Novant Health, Hornets & CMS

For More Information Contact:

Josh Rosen, Hornets Sports & Entertainment, (704) 287-2867, jrosen@hornets.com

Megan Rivers, Novant Health, (704) 617-2631, mrivers@novanthealth.org

As a reminder, the event is by appointment only and there are no additional appointments available.

“What you need to know”

How do I get to Spectrum Center? Where do I park?

  • CATS is offering free transportation all day Saturday so you can get back and forth to the vaccine event easily.
  • Lynx light rail and CATS have stations across from the Spectrum Center.
  • Free parking is available for appointment holders and they will receive that information in their appointment confirmation.
  • The entrance for your vaccine appointment is located on East 5th Street. Look for signs directing you to the main entrance.
  • You can be dropped off close to the entrance. We recommend the person driving you to remain in the car and park locally. We can help you call your driver when your appointment is completed so he or she can pick you up.

What happens when I arrive?

  • We will have wheelchairs available if you need them.
  • Please come no more than 10 minutes early – this will help ensure good social distancing and allow us to get you inside more quickly.
  • Every person will go through a security screening, which will include a bag check and metal detector. This is part of the Spectrum Center’s normal safety practices. A temperature check will also be done.
  • Please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one when you arrive.
  • Be prepared to wait 15 minutes before leaving the vaccination site – just to be certain that there is not an allergic reaction. While a reaction is rare, it’s important to wait for a short period of time while there is medical supervision. Those who have a history of adverse reactions to injections are advised to wait 30 minutes instead of 15 minutes. Patients should also tell their provider if they’ve had a bad reaction to an injection in the past.

What next?

  • You will get an appointment time for March 6th to receive your second dose at Spectrum Center.
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