New Hanover County continues focus of vaccinating adults 75 and older this week, will update local plan in line with the state

Posted January 14, 2021 at 1:43 pm     Category: Emergency NewsNews ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today that it has updated the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan to incorporate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older as the current group to be vaccinated. This update will increase the number of people who will be eligible for the vaccine locally, with an estimated 37,000 people in New Hanover County who are 65 and older.

New Hanover County will work to ensure that even more of our residents can receive a vaccine under this revised “Group 2” outlined by the state. But, at this time, New Hanover County only has enough vaccine supply on hand to serve individuals 75 and older with appointments booked through Friday (note: all of these appointments are full and we are not taking new appointments).

As the county receives additional shipments of the vaccine, Public Health will work with our local healthcare partners to share the vaccine and reach as many people as possible who are now eligible under the state’s updated guidance.

“New Hanover County will ensure that our local vaccination plan reflects the state’s update to include this newly prioritized group in upcoming vaccine administration,” said Health and Human Services Director Donna Fayko. “We will be utilizing all of the vaccine currently available to us by tomorrow, but upon receipt of our next first-dose vaccine shipment, we will be able to work with our healthcare partners and extend the vaccine’s availability to anyone 65 and older and all healthcare workers. As we update our plan to be in line with the state’s and work through our local vaccination process, we will share information with the community.”

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