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Vaccine spots fill up quickly

That didn’t take long.

Less than a day after the county health department announced that the county’s two hospitals in Salem and East Liverpool would be holding coronavirus vaccination clinics, every single spot was filled.

Next Friday, Salem Regional Medical Center will distribute 100 Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors 80 years of age and older. East Liverpool City Hospital would do the same for 200 seniors.

Word came from both facilities on Friday afternoon that all the appointments have been filled.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires a second dose to be given approximately 21 days after the first dose. More information will be provided at the clinic about scheduling the second dose.

The SRMC clinic will be located on the ground floor of the hospital. Those with scheduled appointments should enter the campus from East Pershing Street and park in the surgery center lot. Participants should then enter the building through the surgery center entrance and will be asked to provide a government-issued ID upon arrival.

Ten other sites — seven pharmacies, the CAA in Lisbon and the East Liverpool and Salem city health departments — will be hosting vaccination clinics for those 80 and older next week. And the county health department will have its drive-thru vaccination complex at the county fairgrounds open on Friday and no appointment is necessary.

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