On Thursday, Jan. 14, the N.C. Department of Health and Humans Services revised the phases and groupings for how COVID-19 vaccines should be provided across the state.
The new prioritization groups are as follows:
• Group 1: Health care workers and long-term care staff and residents
• Group 2: Older adults (65 years and older)
• Group 3: Frontline essential workers
• Group 4: Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness
• Group 5: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination
The Warren County Health Department is currently administering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment to individuals in Group 1, which includes all healthcare workers and long-term care staff and residents.
The goal of vaccinations in Group 1 is to protect health care workers who are a critical workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic and at risk for exposure to COVID-19, as well as North Carolinians who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.
The Warren County Health Department will begin vaccinating Group 2 starting the week of Jan. 19. Group 2 now includes all adults 65 years and older. The goal of vaccination in Group 2 is to save lives by protecting North Carolinians who are at high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. Citizens who are eligible to get the vaccine in Group 2 may call the Warren County Health Department at (252) 257-1185 to make an appointment.
Vaccinations for individuals in Groups 3-5 have not yet opened. The Warren County Health Department will inform the public as soon as the scheduling for these groups is started.
The Warren County Health Department asks residents to please be patient as there are many individuals who are calling to schedule appointments. Citizens can also make appointments to get their shot at neighboring hospitals and local health departments if they have availability. You can find participating hospitals and health departments online by visiting YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov or by calling the toll free COVID-19 Line at 1-877-490-6642.
To help protect each other, please continue to practice the 3 W’s: wear a face covering, wait at least six feet apart from others, and wash your hands frequently. These actions will help us to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.