Tarboro resident Mary E. Brewer, left, receives the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Lories Ellis at the Edgecombe County Health Department office in Tarboro.

The delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in Edgecombe County will begin at 9 a.m. today at the Edgecombe County Health Department.

County Health Director Karen Lachapelle said that is when the first of 800 doses the county received will begin being administered to members of Phase 1A — health care workers fighting COVID-19 and long-term care staff and residents.

The vaccines will be administered at the county health department at the corner of East St. James and St. Andrew Street in downtown Tarboro.

Lachapelle said beginning Monday and continuing for two weeks, vaccines will be given by appointment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Additionally, the Rocky Mount office will open for vaccines on Monday, also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“After that, we will look at relocating (the vaccine station) because of concerns about parking. My concern is that parking is so limited downtown, anyway, and I don’t want to take available spaces away from merchants and their shoppers,” she said.

Lachapelle said that her office would provide an update of the location if needed, as injections are given by appointment. To schedule an appointment, people should call Kelly at 252-641-7595.

The first doses of the Moderna vaccine will be administered today and Thursday from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will be under Phase 1A guidelines, which includes health care workers fighting COVID-19 and long-term care staff and residents.

Phase 1B, which includes people 75 and older and frontline essential workers, will begin Monday.

The Moderna vaccine, or mRNA-1273, is manufactured by ModernaTX Inc. It is given in a two-shot series, 28-days apart, with the shot given in the upper arm muscle.

According to the CDC, the vaccine contains no eggs, no preservatives and no latex.