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Higher-risk people in Group 4 eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

The King, 83, got his COVID-19 vaccination to help family, neighbors

March 17. Beginning today people in Group 4 who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness and those who live in certain congregate settings will be eligible for vaccination. Click here for vaccination sites.

North Carolina is following the recommendations of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention as to who is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. That includes adults of any age with conditions, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, sickle cell disease, obesity and smoking.

In addition, those who are eligible starting March 17 includes anyone who is living in higher risk congregate or close group living settings who is not already vaccinated..

The rest of Group 4, which includes other essential workers, will become eligible April 7. Previously eligible groups – health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, people 65 and older, and frontline essential workers – will continue to be prioritized.

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