NC to lower vaccine eligibility age to 65

By on January 14, 2021

Governor Roy Cooper

Several media outlets, including WRAL, are reporting that Governor Roy Cooper told the state’s county commissioners today that North Carolina will accept federal guidance and begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 years and older. Currently, vaccines are being administered to those 75 years and older. Additional details may be released at a 2 p.m. Jan. 14 briefing by North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen.

At a Jan. 12 briefing, Cooper was asked whether the state would adopt the new federal age vaccination guidelines, and he said that officials were examining it. He did appear to betray some annoyance, however, noting that, “One of the continuing problems we have had with the federal government is that they continue to shift their advice” about priority groups for the vaccines.


  • Sherrie

    What about the high risk groups under 65

    Thursday, Jan 14 @ 2:59 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Sherrie, here’s the priority list after the 65 and older group.

    Under the state’s new simplified vaccination priority list, the next group to be vaccinated would be frontline essential workers such as teachers, law enforcement officers, childcare workers and others. Following that group, providers will move onto vaccinating adults at a high risk for exposure and an increased risk of severe illness. The final phase would be the remainder of the population.

    Thursday, Jan 14 @ 9:51 pm
  • Bobby

    It’s been the Governor’s call from the beginning on the priority of vaccinations, not the Federal Government. His Health Department head states she does a lot of worrying. This is sad, N.C. deserves better.

    Thursday, Jan 14 @ 3:52 pm
  • Sean Mulligan

    It seems that there are some states that are getting out the vaccine faster than others and North Carolina in not one of them.So instead of pointing fingers look at what some of the successful states are doing and use that as guidance.

    Thursday, Jan 14 @ 8:42 pm
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