All Adults Vaccine Eligible On April 7
Last updated 3/29/2021 at 1:53pm
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday an accelerated timeline for moving to Groups 4 and 5 for vaccine eligibility, with the rest of Group 4 eligible on March 31 and all adults eligible April 7.
The move will allow the state and vaccine providers to continue to get vaccines into arms quickly and continue to reach underserved and historically marginalized populations, according to a press release.
A new public private partnership, Healthier Together: Health Equity Action Network, will enhance the state’s work to deliver equitable access to vaccines, and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a new biweekly equity data report to provide another avenue for transparency.
“I’m grateful for North Carolinians who are taking this seriously and getting the shot when it’s their time and I’m encouraged that North Carolina will be able to open eligibility to all adults well ahead of the President’s May 1 goal,” said Cooper.
Beginning on March 31, additional essential workers and people living in other congregate settings, such as student dormitories, will be eligible for vaccination.
Essential workers include frontline workers who do not have to be in person for work and those in a range of sectors, such as construction, energy, financial services, public works and others as categorized by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
All North Carolinian adults will be eligible to be vaccinated beginning on April 7.
Healthier Together will implement strategies to increase access to vaccines to historically marginalized populations by conducting outreach and education efforts, coordinating local vaccine events at trusted and accessible locations, helping people schedule and get to vaccine appointments, providing on-site translation services, and helping ensure people get to second dose appointments.
As part of this initiative, Healthier Together will provide grants to community-based organizations to do this work and hire regional health equity teams to support community-based organizations in their outreach and education efforts, help match vaccine providers with community-based organizations, and work with DHHS to ensure that communities have the vaccine supply, outreach, and transportation resources they need to get people vaccinated.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, go to http://www.YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov.