DCDEE Memo: December 30, 2020 Information Regarding COVID Vaccine Prioritization

Thank you for all that you are doing to support North Carolina's response to COVID-19.   

 

A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies are currently limited and will continue to be for the next few months. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal public health advisory committees recommend first protecting health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying, and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 

 

Based on new federal recommendations issued last week by the CDC's Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, NC DHHS has updated and simplified NC's vaccine prioritization plan.  

 

North Carolina's updated phases include: 

  • Current Phase - Phase 1a: Health care workers fighting COVID-19 & Long-Term Care staff and residents. 
  • Phase 1b (to begin in early January): Adults 75 years or older and front line essential workers  
  • Phase 2: Adults at high risk for exposure and at increased risk of severe illness.  
  • Phase 3: Students  
  • Phase 4: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

Because there currently is not enough vaccine for everyone to be vaccinated at the same time, NC DHHS will open the next phase of vaccinations (1b) in groups, starting only with persons above the age of 75, to best manage vaccine dose availability.   To see all the groups for Phases 1b and Phase 2 please review this graphic of vaccine phases

 

In the coming days, we will be sending more information on how North Carolinians over age 75 will access vaccinations beginning in early January. For those who engage this population, please consider sharing our flyer (English / Spanish) as a first step.  

 

All vaccine providers are expected to ensure that vaccines are equitably administered within each group. NC DHHS has a specific focus on building trust with historically marginalized populations. Longstanding and continuing racial and ethnic injustices in our health care system contribute to lack of trust in vaccines. The Department is partnering with trusted leaders and organizations to provide accurate information about the vaccine.  

 

More detailed information about vaccine phases is available at yourspotyourshot.nc.gov and in the resources below: 

In addition, we encourage you to share vaccine resources below with your networks. 

Videos on Vaccine Rollout 

  • NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan (30-second
  • NC DHHS Deputy Secretary Ben Money shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan (link

Videos for Long-Term Care

  • NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan long-term care facility workers (60-second)
  • NC DHHS Deputy Secretary Ben Money shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan for long-term care facilities (60-second30-second

NC DHHS is regularly updating its COVID information web page. Continue to visit yourspotyourshot.nc.gov for more information and resources as they are available.

The page is also available in Spanish:  covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vacuna