On Wednesday, March 31, Guilford County government had a very big announcement.

Everyone aged 16 and up can get vaccinated for coronavirus.

The once-scarce vaccine shots are now more and more obtainable each day and now the county has thrown the door open to anyone who wants one.  This move puts Guilford County ahead of the State of North Carolina’s vaccine schedule.

Guilford County Division of Public Health officials announced that they’re opening coronavirus vaccinations regardless of health or employment status or anything else except age.

A March 31 press release announcing the good news states, “Guilford County has seen great success in community participation and an ongoing interest in receiving the vaccine.  County officials, in partnership with State DHHS [NC Department of Health and Human Services], have been given the green light to move forward in opening vaccine eligibility to everyone ages 16 and older.”

Registration is available online at www.healthyguilford.com and county officials still stress that you need an appointment since walk-ins are “not accepted.”   The Rhino Times does know of some cases where vaccination sites have taken walk-ins who asked nicely. However, to be guaranteed a shot, everyone must register ahead of time.

Dr. Iulia Vann, the director of the Guilford County Division of Public Health, said she’s extremely pleased the county is able to make this move.

“This is an exciting time for Guilford County,” she stated in the Wednesday press release. “Now, anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can register to be vaccinated. This is a long-awaited step towards combating the virus and returning to a much healthier community.”

Starting Wednesday, March 31, a limited number of Guilford County COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for April 1, April 5 and April 6.

Now that vaccine distribution is wide open and there’s a steady supply coming in, county officials have a new problem on their hands: Convincing everyone to get vaccinated.  Still, they’re happy that is now the problem rather than a shortage of vaccines.

Guilford County vaccination appointments may be available at the following locations:

  • Mount Zion Baptist Church at 1301 Alamance Church Road in Greensboro
  • High Point University Community Center at Oak Hollow Mall at 921 Eastchester Drive (Suite 1230)
  • The Greensboro Coliseum at 1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
  • Cone Health, (www.conehealth.com)
  • FEMA’s Mass Vaccination Site (www.gsomassvax.org)
  • CVS, Walgreen’s and some other pharmacies
  • Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine (https://tapmedicine.com/covid-19-community-outreach)

People can also visit https://myspot.nc.gov/to find other vaccination opportunities.