It has now been just over a year that COVID-19 has been plaguing our earth, and fortunately a vaccine is already making its way to those who need it.
But just how is the vaccine getting distributed?
According to the Moore County’s Vaccine FAQ’s (coronavirus-response-moorecounty.hub.arcgis.com), there are phases in which the vaccine will be released.
Phase 1A, currently in effect, will allow health care workers fighting COVID-19 and long-term care staff and residents to receive the vaccine first.
Similarly, Phase 1B will allow adults 75 years or older as well as frontline essential workers to have access to the vaccine.
Phase 2 will cover the entirety of adults at high risk of exposure and at increase risk of severe illness. The first segment of this phase will include those 65-74 years of age followed by those 16-64 years of age with high-risk medical conditions.
Segment 3 will be those incarcerated or living in group living settings, and segment 4 will be essential workers.
After Phase 2 is complete, Phase 3 will commence in which all students in college, university, as well as k-12 students aged 16 and over will be offered the vaccine. Students and children under the age of 16 will be vaccinated only when the vaccine is approved for them.
Phase 4 will include all others who wish to be vaccinated from COVID-19.
Worried if you’ve contracted COVID-19? Find a testing site at covid19.ncdhhs.gov. Those who have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should isolate for a two-week period.
For all medical emergencies, please call 911.