Health departments work to accommodate people wanting vaccinations before eligibility expands

Groups 1 and 2 urged to get vaccine before eligibility expands

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Roughly 240,000 more people will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina starting next week.

Educators, school, and daycare staff will be able to sign up for the shot beginning February 24.

Meanwhile, some people in Groups 1 and 2 are still struggling to get appointments.

“It was like pulling teeth,” Donald Brown told WBTV.

Brown said that finding a vaccine appointment was tough, but he finally got on the Mecklenburg County wait list.

“This morning I got a phone call and they said I could come in at 12:45 and here I am,” Brown said.

Health departments across the state are working to accommodate healthcare workers and people age 65 and older before the vaccinations expand to Group 3.

“We really want to encourage people in groups 1 and group 2 who have not yet been vaccinated to reach out to us and we will work with them to get them vaccinated as quickly as possible as supply allows,” Mecklenburg County Medical Director Dr. Meg Sullivan said.

The Rowan County Health Department is putting out messages, urging the currently eligible to sign up before demand goes even further up.

Debra Smith told WBTV she is relieved after getting her first dose at Bojangles Coliseum.

“I was very anxious in the beginning but I’m so glad the first dose is over and I’ll be returning on the 9th to get my second one,” Smith said. “Don’t be afraid everybody!”

Ben Davis is elated.

“I am really excited about today, and I’ll be even more excited after the second dose,” Davis said.

He believes things will go smoothly once teachers enter the arena next week.

“After my experience here today and seeing the military out I am somewhat confident that things are going to work out just fine,” Davis said.

You can go online to schedule an appointment or join the waitlist here: https://www.mecknc.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

You can also call 980-314-9400 Option 3 for English, or Option 8 for Spanish.

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