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Health department to host flu, COVID vaccination clinics; pets can get $5 rabies shots


The Cumberland County Department of Public Health will hold a “Vax Your Pet, Vax Yourself” clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Health Department, 1235 Ramsey St.

Rabies vaccinations will cost $5 per pet. COVID-19 and flu vaccines will be free, according to a county news release.

Organizations will distribute free items and information about programs and services. The Cumberland County Public Library, Department of Social Services, Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and the Public Health education team will participate, among others.

Barber Kings barbershop will offer free haircuts.

Pre-paid cards worth $10 to grocery and retail stores will be distributed to the first 35 people who receive a COVID-19 vaccine, flu vaccine, or STD test. In addition, $100 pre-paid cards will be raffled every hour.

The clinic is sponsored in part by the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund for Health of the Cumberland Community Foundation.

North Carolina law requires the owners of dogs and cats over 4 months old to be vaccinated against rabies. The pets must receive two rabies vaccinations one year apart, then one vaccination every three years thereafter. Owners are subject to a $100 civil penalty for noncomdpliance.

Pet owners are asked to keep dogs leashed and cats in separate carriers or boxes or left in a vehicle with the air conditioning on.

Payment will be by cash only, and exact change of $5 is requested for the vaccination fee.

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Flu and COVID vaccinations

Flu shots will be free to everyone regardless of insurance status. A registration form and a copy of insurance cards, when applicable, is required. The insurance company will be billed. Children 18 and younger can receive a free flu vaccine.

The Department of Public Health administers Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations, including manovalent (original) and bivalent (fall boosters) vaccines. Va;ccines will be free regardless of insurance status.

The health department also will offer an express clinic for sexually transmitted disease testing. Confidential tests for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and other STDs will be provided free of charge.

For more information about Cumberland County Department of Public Health programs, visit cumberlandcountync.gov/departments/public-health.

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