Some Members Of Group 4 Can Get COVID Vaccine

CHARLOTTE, NC. — North Carolina is moving forward and getting vaccines into more people’s arms. Some members of Group 4 can get their vaccine; a week earlier than anticipated. Including those with underlying health conditions and those at congregate living settings, says State Health Director Dr. Mandy Cohen.

“This includes conditions like asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, sickle cell disease, obesity or smoking,” Dr. Cohen says.

North Carolina has administered 3.4 million vaccine doses. 25.7% of adults 18 and older have had at least one-shot. 16.5% have been fully vaccinated. Dr. Cohen says thanks to planning, providers, and increased supply of the vaccine. The state has received double the amount of vaccine it did in January.

According to a recent CDC report, North Carolina in the top ten states in the nation for equitable vaccine distribution.
“We are one of the top performers in the nation when it comes to getting vaccines to people from racial in ethnic minority groups and those who were economically and socially marginalized.”

Governor Roy Cooper says everyone in the tar heel state should be able to get vaccinated by May, but we still need to continue prevention efforts.

“While our trends look good, we’re still keeping a watchful and concerned high on the more contagious COVID-19 variance we are seeing increases in our state,” says Governor Cooper.

The rest of Group 4 will be eligible to receive their vaccine on April 7th.