NC Ahead of Schedule With Increased Vaccine Allotments
March 16, 2021
According to a WRAL article titled "All NC Frontline Workers Now Eligible for Vaccines, People With Health Conditions in 3 Weeks"
frontline workers who are considered to be in essential industries are now eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Governor Roy Cooper said individual counties will still have the final say on who can receive the vaccine based on supply and demand.
Gov. Cooper also announced that people who have underlining health conditions that put them at a higher risk and don't already fall into Groups 1-3, which as a reminder includes health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, people over the age of 65, educators such as teachers, support staff, childcare workers and other frontline essential workers, will be eligible to get vaccinated in three weeks. The secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mandy Cohen, and the Governor credit the increased weekly allotments of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and the recent approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for being ahead of schedule.
The state expects to receive more than 80,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 215,000 first doses from Pfizer and Moderna, far more than what it has received in recent weeks.
"The state and our providers continue to work extremely hard to get people vaccinated in a way that's fast and fair," said Gov. Cooper. People with chronic health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure, cancer patients, diabetes, and other neurological disorders and developmental disabilities will be eligible starting on March 24th. Prison inmates, the homeless, and others living in congregate settings will also be eligible on the said date.
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