Raleigh, N.C. – Teachers and school staff can register in Group 3A of the North Carolina Vaccine Rollout to get vaccinated in Wake County on Monday.
Each county will distribute different vaccines to school and child care workers and vaccinations are expected to begin Wednesday. From Monday, those wishing to register for the vaccine in Wake County can visit Veggov / Vaccine to fill out the Request Online vaccine form or call the 24/7 Vaccine Hotline at 919-250-1515.
To register, people must answer “yes” to one of the following questions:
- Are you 65 or older?
- Are you a healthcare worker?
- Do you work in a child care or pre-K to grade 12 school?
- Do you have to be face to face at your workplace?
Once enough vaccines are available, people on the waitlist will be contacted by email, phone or text. They can then make an appointment to get their vaccine either online or over the phone. A second dose appointment will be scheduled at the time of the first appointment.
North Carolina has been vaccinating residents and employees over the age of 65 and older and long-term care for months.
In early February, Gov. Roy K. Cooper said all K-12 school staff and anyone working in child care will be eligible for vaccination from February 24. All other frontline “essential” workers, such as police officers, firefighters and grocery workers, will have to wait until March 10 for vaccinations to begin.
Group 3 subdivision is required in the state’s vaccination priority list, the governor said, to balance the limited supply of vaccines with a large number of frontline workers in the state.
North Carolina receives only 150,000 doses of vaccine per week from the federal government, and the state has about 240,000 public school employees.
Earlier, state officials said they had no plans to break up Group 3 into smaller units and prioritize businesses over some. But Cooper said it was practical to put teachers ahead of Group 3.
“The big group is worried about all these essential frontline workers, in group 3, a sudden crash in the system, it would be problematic,” he said. “Starting with a small number of Group 3 frontline essential workers helps providers streamline vaccine delivery.”
Group 3 could be further subdivided next week depending on the flow of vaccines in the state, the governor said.
Secretary of State for Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen said providers can go to schools or the workplace to carry shots, or they can only assign a specific day of the week when only educated or other frontline workers can get vaccinated. He said employers can upload employee information from the state’s vaccination tracking system. They register.
Cohen warned, however, that the February 24 and March 10 eligibility dates do not mean people will start getting shots at that time. Some counties have long waiting lists of people in Group 1 or Group 2 who are still waiting for their shots – Wake County lists more than 80,000 people, for example – so teachers and other front workers will have to wait their turn, he said. Was.
Wake County Public Health, its three mass vaccination sites – P.N.C. Approximately 2,000 people a day are vaccinated by appointment at the Arena, Wake County Public Health Center and Wake County Conns Building alone. The vaccine is also available at Duke Health, UNC Rex and Wakemade Health and hospitals, along with some local pharmacies.
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WRAL Capital Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and WRAL Anchor / Reporter Adam Owens contributed to this report.