NC will begin vaccinations for teachers, childcare workers on Wednesday

A CDC illustration of the novel coronavirus

Updated Feb. 22:

Teachers and staff at K-12 schools and childcare facilities can register through Wake County Public Health to request a vaccine as of Monday, the county shared.

Vaccinations will begin Wednesday. [request an appointment]

State officials announced Feb. 10 that the first part of Group 3 would begin on Feb. 24, two weeks later.

This first phase of Group 3 includes: teachers or anyone who works in person at K-12 public or private schools (such as bus drivers or food service workers), and childcare workers at preschools, childcare centers and family childcare homes. Here’s more of who that includes.

The news comes as vaccinations are still don’t meet demand for earlier groups Group 1 (healthcare workers who are most at risk) and Group 2 (those 65 and older).

Wake County public schools have returned to in-person instruction for those who aren’t in Virtual Academy.

The state will move to the next part of Group 3, additional frontline essential workers, a broad category, on March 10. Groups 1 & 2 will still be prioritized.

PNC Arena is site for mass vaccination clinic

The county announced Feb. 5 that the large, 8,000-car parking lot of PNC Arena will be the site for a two-day drive-through clinic. The site continues to host mass, drive-through vaccinations. Appointments are required.

While it’s a drive-through clinic, arriving in a car isn’t required. GoRaleigh transit is available, and people with appointments can walk up to the site. [details]

How to sign up for the waitlist: Use this form and 24-hour hotline (919-250-1515). [more info]

How COVID-19 vaccine access works in Wake County

So far, hospital systems and public health departments have been the sources for COVID-19 vaccines, through scheduled appointments.

The Wake County vaccination appointment system began Jan. 19. Use this form or 24-hour hotline (919-250-1515).

It’s not first come, first served: If you are seeking a COVID-19 vaccine through the county and couldn’t get through initially, know that will not be first come, first served.

“Priority for vaccine appointments will be determined by factors like age and risk of contracting the virus – not the order in which someone joins the waiting list,” the county site says. 

Other places currently offering vaccination appointments:

  • Duke Health: You may also call the Duke COVID-19 hotline at 919-385-0429 to make an appointment between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily or access their waitlist on their website.
  • UNC Health
  • WakeMed: WakeMed will also be scheduling drive-through vaccination clinics at WakeMed Raleigh Medical Park on Sundays in the future, by appointment only. See more info here.

State changes phases

For the third time, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan changed for North Carolina residents in mid-January.

On Jan. 14, NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen announced people 65 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the current phase (earlier referred to as Phase 1b). The change came after new federal vaccine guidance, WRAL has more background.

The phases are more streamlined, though removing college students and children 16 and older from the plan WUNC reports.

The state launched a tool to tell you which group you’re in and notify you when it’s your group’s turn. 

Here are the new phases:

State infographic.

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The vaccine will be free.

The COVID-19 vaccines will be available free of charge and don’t require that you have insurance or be a U.S. citizen.

READ MORE: What to know about COVID-19 in Wake County now

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Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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