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TPH To Begin Offering COVID-19 Vaccines To Those In Group 3

 

Last updated 3/5/2021 at 9:23am

When the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services allowed COVID-19 vaccine providers to expand eligibility to education and childcare workers on Feb. 24 and other frontline essential workers on March 10, Transylvania County remained focused on previously eligible groups: people ages 65 or older, health care workers, and the residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

"Based on the percent of our population ages 65 or older, it has been important for us to continue serving our older adults until we feel that need has mostly been met," said Transylvania County Health Director Elaine Russell.

Now that vaccine supplies have increased and the demand for vaccines has slowed over the past two weeks, Transylvania Public Health and Transylvania County leadership feel the time is right to move ahead.

"I appreciate the patience that Group 3 frontline essential workers have shown while we made sure that vaccines were available to those who wanted them in Groups 1 and 2," said Transylvania County Manager Jaime Laughter. "Our county will continue to advocate for vaccine supply until all of our citizens are served."

Transylvania Public Health will begin offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments to frontline workers eligible in Group 3 next week, starting with drive-through clinics in Brevard on March 10 and in Rosman on March 11.

"We know how important it is to offer vaccines to our educators, childcare workers and other frontline essential workers who are at higher risk of exposure to the virus." Russell said. "We will move quickly to start providing vaccines to these groups."

Appointments for next week will open on Monday, March 8, at 2 pm. People who are eligible to receive the vaccine can make an appointment by phone or online at http://www.transylvaniahealth.org or by phone at (828) 884-4007.

PreK-12 education and childcare workers who have not already been vaccinated will be offered the vaccine first, followed by other frontline essential workers.

Group 3 frontline essential workers include people who must be at work in person and who work in one of eight essential sectors:

• Critical manufacturing (including workers who manufacture medical supplies and equipment, PPE, and products in the food and agricultural supply chain)

• Education (including preK-12 teachers and support staff, childcare workers, and higher education instructors and support staff)

• Essential goods (including workers in stores that sell groceries and medicine)

• Food and agriculture (including meat packing, food processing, farms, food distribution and supply chains, and restaurant workers)

• Government and community services (including U.S. Postal Service and shipping workers, court workers, elected officials, clergy, homeless shelter staff, and veterinarians)

• Healthcare and public health (including public health staff and social workers)

• Public safety (including firefighters and EMS, law enforcement, corrections workers, security officers, and workers responding to abuse and neglect)

• Transportation (including public transit workers, DMV workers, transportation maintenance and repair technicians, and workers supporting highway infrastructure)

More information about eligibility is available at http://www.findmygroup.nc.gov.

Transylvania Public Health and other vaccine providers will also continue offering vaccines to people eligible to receive the vaccine in Group 2 (which includes people ages 65 or older) and Group 1 (which includes healthcare workers with direct patient contact and long-term care residents and staff).

"Our county public health department has provided steady and methodical leadership that is serving our county very well," Laughter said. "We look forward as a community to a time we can consider the COVID-19 threat abated."

For more information about COVID-19 in Transylvania County, visit http://www.transylvaniahealth.org or call 884-4007.

 
 

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