North Carolina has moved into Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccination distribution, meaning residents 75 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.
In this stage, there is no requirement to have certain qualifying chronic conditions. Orange County Health Director Quintana Stewart emphasized that the county has a limited supply of the vaccine at this time.
“Due to limited availability of vaccine, Orange County may not be able to schedule appointments for everyone who is eligible right away,” said Stewart. “Please be patient as we work through this process.”
Governor Roy Cooper announced this week that he will deploy the National Guard to assist with the distribution efforts, saying ensuring vaccines are given to individuals “is our top priority right now.”
“As we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are also helping local hospitals and health departments to support their vaccine efforts. Getting the vaccine out quickly is the most urgent priority right now, and we will use everything and everyone needed to get the job done,” Cooper said.
Phase 1B of vaccine distribution will be broken up into three groups. The first group includes residents 75 and older, the second includes healthcare workers not vaccinated in Phase 1A and essential frontline workers over age 50, and the third includes healthcare workers not vaccinated in Phase 1A and frontline essential workers of any age.
The Center for Disease Control defines frontline essential workers as first responders (firefighters, police officers, etc.), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers, support staff members, etc.) as well as child care workers.
Here’s how to sign up for the vaccine
If you are 75 and older, a link for the Vaccine Interest Form can be found at: https://redcap.link/OCHDvax. Call 919-913-8088 if you do not have access to a computer or would like help filling out the form.
Once you fill out the form, you will receive an email with a link to an online registration to enter your data into the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System. Call 919-913-8088 for help filling out the form.
When you are eligible to receive the vaccine, you will receive another email from the Orange County Health Department to schedule an appointment.
More information about Orange County’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution can be found on the county’s website.
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