North Carolina Teachers Prepare For Vaccination

CHARLOTTE, NC – On the verge of getting the vaccine, educators across North Carolina are preparing for their shot on Wednesday.

Governor Cooper issued an order allowing teachers to move to the top of Group 3 of the vaccination plan and receive the shot beginning Wednesday.

“I’m looking forward to getting it. It’s been a long time coming just to ease educators’ fears about being back in person,” said Jessie Molle, a CMS teacher.

She’s getting the shot on Thursday. She and other teachers worked together to get a coveted appointment.

“The phone number was busy repeatedly. The website crashed, so everyone was calling,” said Molle.

Gaston County teacher Rebecca Ivanov says people there are also struggling with the sign up process.

“I’m happy that there is more coming so that everybody can make their decision. And hopefully have an easier time signing up,” explained Ivanov.

Despite being eligible for the shot, Ivanov says she plans to wait a bit.

“At this time, I want all the high risk groups to go first. But I support any teacher who wants to get in line and wait their turn,” said Ivanov.

Gaston County is providing teachers with a mass vaccination event at CaroMont regional medical center tomorrow.

Union County is partnering with Atrium health to host large vaccination events for teachers on Friday and Saturday of this week.

As the push to vaccinate continues, encouraging numbers in Mecklenburg county.

“All of our metrics continue to slowly decline, which is great news,” said Dr. Gibbie Harris, the Mecklenburg County Health Director.

Supply continues to be an issue. More than 96,000 people in Mecklenburg have already been vaccinated, but that only accounts for 9% of the population.

“So obviously we still have a long way to go,” said Harris.