As a third Coronavirus vaccine option arrives at clinics this week, the state of North Carolina is hoping to get more people vaccinated sooner. If you have not already received a vaccine, you may be wondering when it will be your turn in line.
North Carolina is currently administering vaccines to Group 3. This category includes educators, school personnel, and child care workers. “Frontline” essential workers like first responders and others will be able to get vaccines beginning March 3.
The state expects to advance to Group 4 vaccinations on March 24. Group 4 includes people who are considered high risk due to underlying medical conditions, those who live in close group settings, and non-frontline essential workers. Financial service professionals are listed among that group of essential workers.
Group 1 included health care workers and long-term care staff and residents. Group 2 included adults 65 years of age and older.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) developed several tools to help you get your vaccine:
- Use the Find My Group tool to find out when you will be eligible to get your vaccine.
- Use the Find My Spot search tool to locate vaccine providers near where you live and work.
- Call the COVID-19 vaccine help center at 888-675-4567. The center is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends. Callers can get help with general COVID-19 vaccine questions, information on eligibility groups, clinical questions about the vaccine, how to find vaccine locations, and transportation services.
In the meantime, DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen advises everyone to “Keep doing the 3Ws. Wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands often.”
If you have questions about this issue or other policy matters, please contact NCACPA Director of Advocacy Robert Broome, CAE.