Durham Health, community leaders hold back school fete, COVID-19 vaccination event

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — Dozens of Durham health and community officials came together on Friday to make sure children have what they need to get back to school.

This was made possible by County Durham’s massive Back to School Party at County Durham Memorial Stadium.

Hundreds of families were in attendance and there was something for everyone, from food, to haircuts and style advice, to backpacks, school supplies and more.

However, the biggest queue was at the vaccine stand. The county health department provided first-dose injections and gift cards while supplies lasted.

Health officials said they were happy the incentives were encouraging more people to get vaccinated.

While those getting vaccinated said that despite mixed feelings about the vaccine, they simply couldn’t wait any longer.

“We are coming for the vaccine. Actually the reason we are coming now is that a friend of ours lives in Florida and she just died of COVID. She passed away two days ago,” said Wake County resident Mark Green.

“It’s always been important to get vaccinated since we started doing them in December, but then the delta came and it completely changed the game, so it’s definitely more important than ever, so we’re so happy that the state has given us this opportunity to help people finally get their foot in the door,” said Alecia Smith, communications director for the County Durham Department of Public Health.

Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were available.

The event was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.