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Dr. Kenneth Robert from Vidant Family Medicine in Roanoke Rapids spoke recently about the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and your community.

Brian Floyd vaccinates a community member in Greenville.

Audio courtesy of WPTM-FM – Byrne Radio (Roanoke Rapids)

Dr. Kenneth Robert, Vidant family physician

Dr. Kenneth Robert, Vidant family physician

COVID-19 has been devastating to our communities in eastern North Carolina from the small businesses that have closed to all of the loved ones we have lost. The vaccine is the best tool that we have to move past the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Robert said that the measures we took to slow the pandemic, like wearing masks and social distancing, were effective. Now, with a vaccine in hand we have a proven safe way to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Right now we have vaccines that have been tested and have been deemed safe,” Dr. Robert said. “Taking the vaccine would truly help to really overcome the devastation that the pandemic is causing throughout eastern North Carolina, the United States and the world.”

Vidant Health has vaccinated many people across eastern North Carolina and efforts are ongoing to reach community members who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vidant still has COVID-19 vaccine clinics open throughout eastern North Carolina.

“We’re trying to get to as many people as we can,” Dr. Robert said. “We’re really trying to get the word out that the vaccines are available. In the early days it was somewhat difficult to get a vaccine… At this point in time, that is not the case. We have vaccines available for most anyone.”

Dr. Robert stressed that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. While side effects do occur for some people after receiving the vaccine, they are typically very minor.

As we look to a more hopeful future, receiving your vaccine is the best way to fight this pandemic, not only for yourself, but for those you love.

He also said the faster we can get people in the community vaccinated, the faster we can get back to living comfortably without the worry of infecting others with COVID-19.

If you have any questions regarding the vaccine, please contact your trusted doctor. To make your vaccine appointment, visit or call 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.