New Hanover County Public Health is following the guidance and vaccination groups in the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS) vaccination plan to serve our entire community. The plan is broken into five groups, with targeted populations prioritized to receive the vaccine in each group. Each group is detailed with more information below, so you can see where you fall into the plan. Remember that availability of the vaccine will be limited at first and will become more widely available throughout 2021.
New Hanover County is currently in Group 2 of the vaccination plan.
Group 4: Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness
Anyone 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID-19 such as cancer, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, among others, regardless of living situation
Anyone who is incarcerated or living in other close group living settings who is not already vaccinated due to age, medical condition or job function
Essential workers not yet vaccinated. The CDC defines these as workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (e.g., construction), finance (e.g., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, public safety (e.g., engineers) and public health workers
Group 5: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination
We expect this vaccination event to take several months, so it is important to be patient and to continue the protective measures already in place throughout this process, regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccines are one way to prevent serious illness from spreading, but it’s important to remember that it is not a cure or the end of COVID-19. To keep everyone safe, we must continue to use every tool in our toolkit – wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, staying home if sick, and other daily protective measures. We expect this vaccination event to take several months, so it is important to be patient and to continue the protective measures already in place throughout this process, regardless of vaccination status.