North Carolina enters Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Phase 1B of North Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will begin this week. There will be three separate groups included in the phase, with Group 1 being eligible for the vaccine first.
Group 1 includes all North Carolinians over 75. Group 2 will include all health care workers that were not included in Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Essential and frontline workers over the age of 50 will also be included in the second group. All patient-facing health care workers who have not been included in previous groups will be in Group 3.
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Frontline workers in Group 2 include first responders, education staff, prison and jail staff, manufacturing workers, public transit workers, postal workers and those employed in the food and agriculture industries.
Prisoners over the age of 75 will be eligible for the vaccine with the rest of Group 1. Other prisoners will have to wait for the vaccine. North Carolina health officials fear prisoners may not accept the vaccine and have considered providing incentives for them to receive it. Over 7,000 prisoners, more than a fifth of the state’s total prison population, have tested positive for the virus. North Carolina has totalled over 600,000 COVID-19 cases since March. The state eclipsed the 10,000 daily case mark for the first time earlier this month. More than 7,500 North Carolinians have died due to COVID-19.