North Carolina’s essential workers will be next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that the next phase of the state’s inoculations would begin February 24 and includes frontline essential workers, starting with K-12 educators and child care center workers such as:
- Child care providers
- Bus drivers
- Custodial staff
- Cafeteria Workers
Gov. Cooper says the state will then begin vaccinating other essential workers starting March 10th.
Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, says the state will need to move into the next vaccination phase gradually.
Cohen reminded that the state is urging schools to reopen even if educators have not been vaccinated.
Currently, those age 65 and up as well as health care works can register and receive the COVID vaccine in North Carolina.