A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first.
To save lives and slow the spread of Covid-19, 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 will be vaccinated first as part of Phase 1a.
Adults 75 years or older and frontline essential workers
- Group 1: Anyone 75 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation
- Group 2: Health care workers with in-person patient contact and frontline essential workers 50 years or older
The CDC defines frontline essential workers as first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, US Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members), as well as child care workers.
- Group 3: Health care workers with in-person patient contact and frontline essential workers of any age
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
College and university students. K-12 students age 16 and over. Younger children will only be vaccinated when the vaccine is approved for them.
Everyone who wants a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccination
The Covid-19 vaccine will be available for free, whether or not you have insurance. For more information, please visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov.