- On March 31, 2021
The Departure Drive facility in northeast Raleigh where thousands of people have gotten COVID-19 tests will soon offer vaccinations, when it opens next week as Wake County’s first regional vaccination clinic.
Since Dec. 1, 2020, the Wake County Human Services Center at Departure has served as a free COVID-19 testing center convenient to Capitol Boulevard and I-540. In the past five months, this site has conducted more than 70,000 COVID-19 tests.
On Monday, April 5, drive-thru testing will move directly across the street to the parking lot of Vision Church RDU at 5808 Departure Drive, and the Human Services Center at 5809 Departure Drive will be transformed into a walk-in, indoor vaccination clinic.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this fourth mass vaccination site for the public,” said Ryan Jury, the vaccination branch director for Wake County Public Health. “But more importantly, this marks the beginning of our transition to operating a focused regional model of vaccination, where we can increase the number of vaccine centers in communities throughout Wake County.”
Soon, those on the WakeGov.com/vaccine request list who are invited to make an appointment for a shot will be able to choose from four different locations:
- The new site on Departure Drive;
- PNC Arena;
- Wake County Public Health Center on Sunnybrook Road; and
- Wake County Commons Building.
Like these other established sites, vaccinations given at the Departure Drive location will be administered by appointment only. The site will operate five days a week, with plans to open several other regional locations over the coming weeks and months.
Testing across the street at Vision Church RDU will operate weekly, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No appointments for testing are needed, and no IDs or insurance are required. The public only needs to drive up and remain in their cars. They’ll be handed a nasal swab kit to take their own sample and should receive results of their PCR test within 24-48 hours. Testing locations and hours can always be found at WakeGov.com/testing.