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Cooper outlines timeline on Group 3 vaccine prioritization
Monday, 15 February 2021 11:22

From Staff Reports


RALEIGH — A timeline was outlined Feb. 10 for Group 3 frontline workers becoming eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, which will begin Feb. 24 for anyone working in child care or in Pre-K-12 schools.

The timeline review was provided by Gov. Roy Cooper and and Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service, during a news briefing.

“I am grateful to all of our educators and school personnel for going above and beyond in this pandemic to care for children and help them continue to learn,” the governor said. “Starting with a smaller number of Group 3 frontline essential workers helps providers streamline vaccine distribution effectively and efficiently.”

A press release from Cooper’s office added, “Because vaccine supply continues to be limited and the Group 3 population of frontline essential workers is so large, the state needs to move to the next group gradually. 

“Those working in child care and schools, such as teachers, bus and van drivers, custodial and maintenance staff and food service workers, will be eligible first. This includes staff in child care centers and homes, Head Start Programs, Preschool and PreK programs, traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools.

“States must vaccinate people in groups due to limited supply. North Carolina is currently vaccinating people in Groups 1 and 2, which include health care workers, long-term care staff and residents and people 65 and older. In the coming weeks, providers will continue to vaccinate these groups. More than 40 percent of North Carolina’s residents 65 and older have been vaccinated. “

Under the timeline outlined Feb. 10, the state plans to move to additional frontline workers on March 10th. 

Cohen added, “Vaccine supply limitations continue to impact how fast we can get all North Carolinians vaccinated. Keep doing the 3Ws. Wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands often. And be sure to visit for accurate information.”

The release noted, “NCDHHS is working with partners to develop operational guidance to support child care and school staff in accessing vaccines. However, current prevention measures will not change. Schools can and should be providing in-person instruction. Under robust safety measures, all students can be in classrooms, with middle and high school students also following six-feet social distancing protocols.

“As of Feb. 10, North Carolina has administered more than 1 million first doses of vaccine and more than 1.5 million total doses.

“North Carolina is expected to received more doses of vaccine over the coming weeks heading into March. This increase and certainty of advance knowledge into the supply chain several weeks out has allowed the state to plan to open vaccinations to group 3. As state officials receive more supply information, additional operational guidance will continue to be provided.”

Detailed information about each vaccine group is online at (English) or (Spanish).



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