By Outer Banks Voice on February 12, 2021
In the wake of Governor Roy Cooper’s Feb. 10 announcement that the state would expand vaccine eligibility to Group 3, frontline essential workers, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services issued a Feb. 11 statement that it would not move to a new priority group before it finished vaccinating those already in the waiting line.
Here is the statement.
“Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina will expand vaccine eligibility to include educators and school personnel beginning February 24, 2021.
Dare County remains in Phase 2 of North Carolina’s Vaccine Prioritization plan and will remain there until the 2700 + individuals on the waiting list have been vaccinated.” (There are currently 600 first-dose appointments scheduled and 2,821 people on the wait list for appointments in the county.)
“This is not a capacity issue, as Dare County has the ability to vaccinate 3000 individuals per week if that many doses are made available. Dare County cannot move to Phase 3 until North Carolina sends enough vaccines to complete Phase 2.”
Recently, Dare County has been receiving about 300 doses of vaccine a week.