By Outer Banks Voice on March 11, 2021
During a March 11 media briefing, Governor Roy Cooper announced that some members of vaccine priority Group 4 would be eligible for a COVID vaccination on March 17, one week earlier than previously scheduled.
Among those in Group 4 who are eligible for the March 17 shot are individuals 16-to-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 and Type 2 diabetes, among others. In response to a reporter’s question, Cooper said that written proof of such a high-risk condition is not required.
In addition, 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 also becomes eligible on March 17.
Other individuals who are in Group 4, including other “essential workers” who have not yet been vaccinated, will become eligible for the vaccine on April 7.
More information on Group 4 can be found on the NC DHHS website at Deeper Dive, Group 4. https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/find-your-spot-take-your-shot/deeper-dive-group-4#essential-workers-not-yet-vaccinated.
Earlier this week, on March 9, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced it was now accepting vaccination registrations for individuals in Group 4. One difference between the county and the state is that because Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for vaccinating 16- and 17-year-olds — and Dare County has not been getting the Pfizer vaccine — the DHHS can only vaccinate those 18 and older with underlying and high-risk medical conditions.
Anyone in Groups 1 through 4, can go to www.darenc.com/covidvaccine to complete the vaccination request form.
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 3 cases of COVD-19 on March 11. As a point of reference, the last time the county reported double-digit cases on a single day was Feb. 17.