Bank of America Stadium mass COVID vaccination clinic opens to thousands

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Final preparations are complete and Bank of America Stadium is now North Carolina's largest COVID-19 vaccine clinic, with thousands of people expected to get their first shot this weekend.

Atrium Health said they expect to vaccinate around 19,000 people over three days, just one week after approximately 16,000 people were vaccinated at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"We are really in a race against COVID," Professor of Emergency Medicine, Atrium Health Chief of Disaster Medicine David Callaway said. "COVID is mutating the new version is more contagious, the next mutation could be more deadly we don't know."

The clinic opens one day after South Carolina officials announced the first two known cases of the South African COVID-19 variant were detected there. Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris said she's confident that variant is also in the Charlotte area, it just hasn't been detected yet.
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