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ER Dr. Jessica Drake shows her confidence in the vaccine on the first day of frontline health worker vaccinations at AdventHealth Hendersonville.

Asheville Outlets, UNC Host Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Pfizer, Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the mobile clinic located behind Sportsman’s Warehouse at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road.

The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 13.

Vaccinations are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

All three COVID-19 boosters and vaccines also are available at the Walk-in Clinic at UNC Asheville, 1 Campus View Road. The clinic is in partnership with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

No appointments are required for either walk-up center.

The UNC site is open Friday, Nov. 5, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 12, 1-8 p.m. (The location will move to the UNC Asheville parking lot on Edgewood Road next to Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church.); Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14 , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Location Lipinsky Auditorium on campus.)

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for individuals who received any of the vaccines. For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

For the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

• 65 years and older

• Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings

• Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions

• Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings, such as:

• First-responders (e.g., healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)

• Education staff (e.g., teachers, support staff, daycare workers)

• Food and agriculture workers

• Manufacturing workers

• Corrections workers

• U.S. Postal Service workers

• Public transit workers

• Grocery store workers

Per the CDC, since risk can vary across settings and based on how much COVID-19 is spreading in a community, people aged 18–64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot after considering their individual risks and benefits. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available.

Please talk to your healthcare provider about whether getting a COVID-19 booster shot is appropriate for you.

City to stream live Veterans Day Program

The City of Asheville will once again honor local veterans with a Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11.

Due to health precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is invited to participate virtually.

The Veterans Day ceremony can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofAsheville.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Laura Tugman, Ph.D., Chief of Mental Health Services at Charles George VA Medical Center.

Tugman is an Army veteran enlisted from 1991-1995, where she served as a psychiatric specialist. Her experience and training in the Army became the catalyst for her life’s work to help fellow veterans struggling with mental health issues.

Tugman has served at the Charles George VA Medical Center since 2013.

In addition, the Director of Charles George VA Medical Center, Stephanie Young, will speak about caring for those who have borne the battle.

The ceremony will include two readings from the Brothers and Sisters Like These, a veterans writing group that promotes healing war wounds. The readers will be Jim Hernandez, U.S. Air Force, pilot, Vietnam, who dedicates his piece to an Air Force pilot who was killed in Vietnam.

Steve Henderson, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam, will honor a Marine sniper in Vietnam who recently passed away.

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