The vaccination clinic is part of an initiative to include a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by 4 July by Atrium Wellness, Tepper Sports and Entertainment, Honeywell and the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
From Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31, the mass vaccination event at Bank of America Stadium is expected to give 19,000 individuals their first doses of the vaccine. At present, all appointments are completed.
The curriculum this weekend is tailored for individuals 65 and older. Walk up and drive-thru style is also appointments.
Karon Hauch, who has an appointment this Saturday says, “I was looking for an earlier spot and I tried to get down to the speedway but all the spots were filled.”
Hauch is 69 years old and was not in the first community to get vaccinated initially. She originally had an appointment planned for March, but she says she managed this weekend to get an earlier appointment.
Torsten Pilz and Honeywell say that they want to achieve the same level of success as they did last week at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. More than 100 Honeywell volunteers will be on-site to assist with handing out masks, hand sanitiser and collaborating with medical personnel.
They have a command staff supervising wait times as well.
Honeywell says that it involves having handheld scanners and barcode readers that significantly decrease the time of registration, data collection and data entry into the Charlotte Vaccine Management System on-site.
“[We] don’t want this or anything like that to become a huge long waiting game. You want this to be a way of getting people in and out,” said Pilz. Hauch is encouraging everyone those who are eligible for the vaccine to get it.
“They really should get this vaccine. If they’re concerned, talk to their physician, talk to people they trust, people who have already had the vaccine,” Hauch said.
Atrium warns individuals not to arrive more than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.
A Charlotte Area Transit System representative says that its operations staff is in the process of coordinating the best means of service and routes for members of the community to get to the stadium.
Mint Street will be closed from Morehead Street to Stonewall Street, and Mint Street to Martin Luther King Jr. will be closed from Graham Street. Boulevard, according to a city official.
The Legacy Union Parking Deck allows you to park for free. For individuals who need them, wheelchairs and volunteers will be available.