Covid Alert

Message from Your TransNAACP Board Members
Tommy Kilgore - Pres. Trans. NAACP
Tommy Kilgore – Pres. Trans. NAACP

“The Transylvania NAACP is very concerned with the threat of Covid in our community. Across the country people of color are dying three times faster than whites of Covid, partly due to underlying medical conditions, but also because people of color make up a disproportionate number of front-line workers, and risk exposure more than others. 

Who Can be Vaccinated?

All people in Groups 1, 2, 3.

Eligible: PreK  – 12 educators and childcare workers, anyone over 65 and health care workers. Note: Healthcare workers must present documentation. 

Johnson and Johnson 1 dose vaccine (J&J) – Highly effective against hospitalization and death, expect it to be more available to rural areas due to simpler handling requirements.  Shortens our time towards herd immunity.  Learn more

Update: Group 3 priority is anyone working in childcare or PreK – 12 schools.  Other frontline essential workers include people who must be at work in person and who work in one of 8 essential sectors (critical manufacturing, education, essential retail goods, food and agriculture, government and community services, healthcare and public health, public safety, transportation). More information.

Vaccination Update Mar 8, 2021

Transylvania Health Department

  • STILL AVAILABLE appointments available for Frontline Workers AND people in Groups 1 / 2. To Make Appt click here! These first shots, appt required, will be given this week on Thursday in Brevard and Friday in Rosman. 


            Contact the Transylvania County COVID-19 Call Center at 828-884-4007.

More Vaccine Options

TransNAACP Buddy System: email us at to receive sign-up and local transportation assistance associated with getting a vaccine shot.

Transylvania County Alerts   <– Online signup for TEAM text alerts.  

UNC-Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville:  No appointments available.

Blue Ridge Community Health:   Sign up for email alerts to be notified of availability.

Walgreens:  No appointments available for another 3 days. Recommend Walgreens Text Alerts 

Cashiers-Highlands Hospital: Call (828)-526-1310 to request placement on wait list.  Expecting vaccine shipment. Online form to be on waitlist –> Click Here

Athena Health  No appointments available at this time. 

UNC-Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville:  No appointments available at this time.  

Henderson County:  Has a wait list.

AdventHealth: Signup for Alerts.

CVS in South Carolina ONLY:  No available appointments. 

Prisma Health (SC)   Create an account to see available times.  Limited second dose walk-ins exist.

Buncombe County:  Currently has around 56,500 people on waitlist and scheduling only in the 21,000 – 25,000 range.

Atrium Health (Charlotte):  2 mass vaccination events this week that require an appointment.

Wanda Foster, lifelong Rosenwald resident and Democrat Brevard 2 precinct chair
Wanda Foster
Pastor Spencer Jones of New French Broad Baptist Church
Pastor Spencer Jones

More from the Board:   We can be proud of these heroes, and we owe them our best efforts to help them contain the virus – by wearing a mask, social distancing, washing our hands, and by getting vaccinated.

We understand the mistrust of some folks for the medical establishment, which in the past has neglected, abused, and disrespected people of color. However…
  • the Covid vaccines were developed by teams of researchers, doctors, and nurses of color, who stand behind it 
  • the trials which were performed, involving a total of more than 70,000 patients, included more than 10% of subjects from minority communities
  • this included people with pre-existing conditions including sickle-cell anemia and diabetes, typically found in higher concentrations in African-Americans.”


  • Send EMAIL:  Gov. Cooper
  • CALL Gov. Roy Cooper: (919) 814-2000
  • CALL NC State Department of Public Health: (919) 855-4800

Covid-19 Link Section

Find Your Priority Group
Vaccination group options: See choices here
Sign-up for Vaccine Alerts
We recommend you sign up for “General Announcements” alerts with the Transylvania County Health Department:
Your Vaccine Appointment Form
The Transylvania County Health Department form to create an appointment to receive the vaccine:
Need Help or Have Questions?
We have volunteers who can help you with your appointment, answer questions and organize transportation for you.
Other Vaccination Options
Advent Health: Click Here 
Blue Ridge Health: Click Here 
Buncombe County: Click Here 
Ingles: Click Here 
Madison County: Click Here 
Pardee UNC: Click Here 
Prisma Health: Click Here 
Walgreens: Click Here 
Why Trust the Vaccine? Click Here to Learn More
National Medical Association - Task Force

“The task force reviewed the clinical trial data in search of differences in health outcomes that would place the Black community at higher risk of unfavorable outcomes from the vaccine and determined the following:

– Ten percent of people who enrolled in both the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials were Black, equaling more than 4,400 and 3,000 people, respectively.

– Both the percentage and number of Black people enrolled are sufficient to have confidence in health outcomes of the clinical trials.

– Persons receiving the vaccine were > 94% less likely to develop COVID-19 infection as compared to the placebo group.

– Efficacy and safety were observed and consistent across age, gender, race, ethnicity and adults over 65 years of age…”


To read the whole article,  Click Here


* The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health.


The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. The NMA is a 501(c) (3) national professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies. Throughout its history the National Medical Association has focused primarily on health issues related to African Americans and medically underserved populations; however, its principles, goals, initiatives and philosophy encompass all ethnic groups.