Today Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS announced plans to open up vaccinations to “group 3” individuals in North Carolina, starting with anyone working in child care or in PreK – 12 schools, on February 24.
“I am grateful to all of our educators and school personnel for going above and beyond in this pandemic to care for children and help them continue to learn,” said Governor Cooper. “Starting with a smaller number of Group 3 frontline essential workers helps providers streamline vaccine distribution effectively and efficiently.”
In their press release, NCDHHS said that due to group 3’s large size (consisting of all frontline essential workers), they need to prioritize which people in the group can go first.
Under the new timeline, the state plans to move to additional frontline workers on March 10th.
“Vaccine supply limitations continue to impact how fast we can get all North Carolinians vaccinated,” said NCDHHS Secretary Cohen. “Keep doing the 3Ws. Wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands often. And be sure to visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov for accurate information.”
Yesterday, Governor Cooper also signed into law Senate Bill 36, AKA the ‘Covid Relief Bill’
“This pandemic continues to strain communities across our state, and this investment of federal funds in critical areas will help us defeat COVID-19 and build back a stronger and more resilient North Carolina,” said Cooper.