People age 75 and older than 75 are among the next groups in line for the coronavirus vaccine, but it is not yet clear when they will be able to get vaccinated due to demand.
“We have been overwhelmed with calls for the vaccine,” said county Health Director Tammy Martin.
The county must first complete Phase 1A of the state’s four-stage vaccination rollout plan. Two groups of people are eligible for inoculation under the current phase: health care professionals at risk of exposure to COVID-19, and employees and residents of long-term care facilities.
The government is overseeing distribution of the vaccine in local nursing homes and assisted living communities, including help from staff at CVS and Walgreens. Last week LifeBrite Hospital administered doses directly to its staff.
Covered under Phase 1A are health care workers at high risk for exposure to the virus, including those caring directly for patients with COVID, staff responsible for cleaning, providing food service, and maintenance in areas where patients are treated, those performing procedures on patients with COVID-19 that put them at risk, along with community health workers, dental hygienists, dentists, EMT/paramedics, environmental services staff, medical students, pharmacy students, nursing students, home health workers, morticians/funeral home staff, nurses, nursing assistants, personal care aides, pharmacists, physicians, public health and emergency preparedness workers, public health nurses and respiratory techs.
“When the state gives us the OK, we will move to Phase 1B,” Martin said. That phase includes: Group 1: Persons 75+ years old; Group 2: Healthcare workers not vaccinated in Phase 1a and frontline essential workers 50 years or older; firefighters and police officers; corrections officers; food and agricultural workers; Postal Service workers; manufacturing workers; grocery store workers; education and child care workers (teachers, support staff and day care); Group 3: Healthcare workers (not vaccinated in Phase 1A and frontline essential workers (as defined above) of any age. Vaccinations will happen by group in that order.
“If you want to added to the list to receive the vaccine, call 336-593-2400 or email email@example.com,” Martin added.
Additional phases in the vaccine rollout:
Phase 2: Adults at high risk for exposure and at increased risk of severe illness.
• Group 1: Anyone 65-74 years old, regardless of health status or living situation
• Group 2: Anyone 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID such as cancer, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, among others, regardless of living situation
• Group 3: 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.
• Group 4: 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, information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, and public safety and public health workers.
Phase 3: Students.
• College and university students
• K-12 students age 16 and over. Younger children will only be vaccinated when the vaccine is approved for them.
Phase 4: Everyone who wants a vaccination. The vaccine will not be available to the general public until Phase 4.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/COVID19_Vaccine_ThingstoKnow.