It’s no secret that area elected leaders want to make sure that state officials know Guilford County is putting all the COVID-19 vaccines it gets to good use. 

In an effort to spread that awareness, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston sent a letter to NC Governor Roy Cooper inviting him and NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen to visit Guilford County.

Alston stated in the letter that he wanted the two to witness the county’s impressive vaccination efforts first hand.

“It is with great pride that we wish to extend an invitation to you and Dr. Cohen to visit Guilford County and our COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics,” the letter to the governor reads.  “Our team has done a remarkable job in establishing three well-functioning, high volume sites to facilitate the important task of vaccinating our residents.”

The county’s largest vaccination site is the Greensboro Coliseum at 1921 W. Gate City Blvd.  Alston, who knows the governor well, stated in the letter that the Coliseum vaccination site is ready to quickly expand operations when more vaccine doses become available.

Last week, Alston began petitioning for the State of North Carolina to hold a state-sponsored mega-vaccination event in Guilford County.  Getting the governor to visit the Coliseum is no doubt part of that effort.

In the Feb. 3 letter, Alston touted the county’s cooperation with private health providers.

“Guilford County took an early approach to collaboration with our health system partners and we currently co-locate with Moses Cone to provide a seamless delivery system to the public,” he wrote.

Alston also invited the Governor and Cohen to observe a vaccination drive at an area church where more marginalized members of the community were getting vaccinated.

One goal the state has strongly emphasized is making sure that more minority and financially challenged communities have access to vaccinations.  Alston pointed out in the letter to the governor that Guilford County has been vaccinating its marginalized populations at a rate of 31 percent of all vaccinations. Alston also stated that that percentage was increasing.

“Our second site, Mount Zion Baptist Church, is located at 1301 Alamance Church Road in Greensboro,” the chairman wrote.  “While smaller, this site affords an accessible location to reach our marginalized populations.  Guilford County has been a leader when it comes to ensuring that all members of our community have equal access to the vaccine dosages available.”