1/5/21: DARE ‘FRONTLINE ESSENTIAL WORKERS’ AGE 50 OR OLDER NOT EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR VACCINE UNTIL EARLY FEBRUARY, DCDHHS SAYS IN UPDATE.

Frontline essential workers in Group 2 of Phase 1B of North Carolina’s vaccine rollout should not expect to be able to register for vaccine appointments until “the beginning of February,” the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services said today in its Tuesday COVID-19 update.

The DCDHHS calculated that based on Dare County’s anticipated supply of vaccine and the number of people age 75 or older who will register for vaccine appointments, vaccinations of Group 1 of Phase 1B will take about a month.

Frontline essential workers prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Group 2 must be age 50 or older. They include first responders, such as firefighters and police officers; corrections officers; food and agricultural workers; U.S. Postal Service workers; manufacturing, grocery store, and public transit workers; and educational and child-care workers, including teachers, support staff, and day-care workers.

Phase 1B also has a third group that consists of healthcare workers not vaccinated during Phase 1A and frontline essential workers of any age.

The DCDHHS also reported 27 new COVID-19 cases today, 20 of whom are Dare County residents.

During the past week, 14.9 percent of the COVID-19 diagnostic tests done locally were positive, according to the update, which gave no further details about the Dare County resident whose death was reported yesterday. 

The Beacon, 1/5/21

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