WATCH: Texas to open 100%, mask mandate removed

  VACCINE TEAM: When will those with high-risk medical conditions be eligible?

  ‘About time’: Those with high-risk health conditions look forward to N.C.’s Group 4 eligibility in a few weeks

North Carolina reports decreasing data in single-day new COVID-19 cases

  South Carolina reporting fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths

  N.C. frontline essential workers look forward to getting COVID-19 vaccine

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  VACCINE TEAM: Rare facial swelling in patients with cosmetic fillers is preventable, Charlotte doctor says after discovery

  S.C. teachers ready to get vaccine in Phase 1B but want to hold off on reopening

  Mecklenburg Co., hospitals working together to give out Johnson & Johnson shots

  Family-owned drug store to start vaccinations in Taylorsville

  HISTORIC MILESTONE: Over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in S.C.

Winthrop University to hold in-person spring graduation, return to ‘more traditional’ fall semester

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Meck County to open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to Group 3 frontline essential workers

Several frontline essential workers in Group 3 who are required to be on-site for work will be eligible to make appointments for dates beginning March 10:

  Phase 1b of South Carolina’s rollout plan starts next week

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday that the state was expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those in Phase 1b starting Monday, March 8.

VACCINE TEAM: When will Postal Carriers be eligible for the vaccine?

Currently, we are at Group 3 of the vaccine distribution, meaning teachers, school staff and daycare workers can get the vaccine.

  Charlotte man hopes he won’t lose hundreds on Garth Brooks tickets after another postponement

South Carolina teachers trekking north to get vaccinated

  S.C.’s ‘Last Call’ order lifted, bar and restaurant owners breath sigh of relief

  VACCINE TEAM: Where to find what group you’re in to get your COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina

  Johnson & Johnson vaccine gives hope to North Carolinians still waiting for a shot

SC’s first shipment of J&J vaccine to contain 41K doses, health department says

  N.C. to receive more than 80k doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week

North Carolina Health and Human Services says they are expecting more than 80,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine to arrive in N.C. beginning Wednesday.

  ‘I’m relieved’: 20K get second dose during COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Bank of America Stadium

During the second mass vaccination clinic at Bank of America Stadium, close to 20,000 people were expected to receive their second dose of the vaccine.

  VACCINE TEAM: How many initial doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be sent to Carolinas?

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

  ‘It’s exciting:’ Late-night spots embracing later hours, larger capacity

Weekends are looking a lot brighter for many bars and clubs in North Carolina thanks to the Governor’s latest executive order.

  Novant Health, Meck. County join forces to get CMS educators vaccinated

Novant Health and Mecklenburg County Health Department partnered with CMS to get hundreds of educators vaccinated on Saturday.

  Charlotte bar owner speaks about installing kitchen to reopen business under pandemic restrictions

Jeff’s Bucket Shop on Montford Drive in south Charlotte is finally back open for customers.

  VACCINE TEAM: When will clergy be eligible for the vaccine?

When will clergy be eligible for the vaccine?

  VACCINE TEAM: Do truck drivers now qualify for the vaccine?

Truck drivers are normally considered as ‘transportation’ industry. But the criteria doesn’t seem to include truck drivers. Do we qualify now?

New details on pending release of 3,500 people from NC prison system

North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety has agreed to release at least 3,500 people in state custody within the next six months to settle a lawsuit filed by civil rights organizations.

  Second mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held at Bank of America Stadium

A second mass vaccination clinic will be held at Bank of America Stadium this weekend with plans to vaccinate 20,000 people.

  ‘Every single person here is serving a purpose’; vaccine volunteer shares experience at Bank of America Stadium

Julia Versteegh has been volunteering with the organization Team Rubicon for the last 10 months. During that time she’s helped with tornado and hurricane relief - now she’s taking on mass vaccine events.

  Charlotte restaurants hiring more employees as COVID-19 restrictions loosen

For the first night in months, the drinks will be flowing at Providence Road Sundries until 11 p.m.

  ‘We can see the light at the end of the tunnel’: Bars reopen for indoor service

Many bars in Charlotte will reopen for the first time for indoor service on Friday night. Governor Cooper’s new executive order, announced on Wednesday, eased restrictions across the state. Along with bars being able to open inside, there’s also no longer a curfew and alcohol can be sold until 11

UofSC research team looks at best and worst diets for your health

While there are many dietary approaches/patterns available, CDC data from 2020 shows that 17% of Americans say they are on a diet consistently.

  N.C. businesses, bars, sporting events face fewer COVID-19 restrictions under new executive order

Cooper said the executive order was decided on “Given the significant and sustained improvement in our COVID-19 metrics.” The new order goes into effect on Friday, Feb. 26.

North Carolina leads the nation in vaccinating the older population

North Carolina has vaccinated the largest share of the over-65 population in the country and leads the way with 49% of people over 65 receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

  CDC urges gyms to crackdown on COVID-19 guidelines

The CDC says several people went to a gym class in knowing they had COVID-19 symptoms. That happened in Hawaii and Illinois. In those cases gym owners used no safety protocols. The mix of Covid positive gym goers and loose guidelines lead to almost three quarters of the class getting sick.

  Night clubs, lounges can open inside, Mecklenburg County warns people to responsible

Starting Friday at 5 p.m. businesses in Charlotte will be open at much higher capacities, especially for bars and night clubs.

  Local health leaders prepare to add Johnson & Johnson vaccine to distribution plan

The FDA is expected grant emergency use authorization of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. That means a third vaccine could enter the U.S. market as early as next week.

Tips to navigate online registrations for COVID-19 vaccines

Getting an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be difficult for many people in North Carolina. Especially because every provider and county has a different system to book an appointment.

White House partners with N.C. for new community vaccination center in Greensboro

The center will operate seven days a week with the goal of providing up to 3,000 vaccinations per day, or about 21,000 doses per week.

  VACCINE TEAM: My husband works in critical manufacturing in Charlotte but we live in South Carolina. Does he have to wait until it’s his turn in South Carolina?

My husband works in critical manufacturing in Charlotte but we live in South Carolina. Does he have to wait until it’s his turn in South Carolina?

  VACCINE TEAM: During the shutdown places like Home Depot and Lowes were considered essential and open. Are their employees now eligible for the vaccine?

“During the shutdown, places like Home Depot and Lowers were considered essential and open. Are their employees now eligible for the vaccine?”

  ‘I do think the most at-risk people should be moved up’: Conover man with underlying condition voices concern about NC vaccine rollout

Conover resident Dave Cunningham said he is disappointed that people with pre-existing conditions are not being prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccination process.

  S.C. teachers struggle as they watch fellow educators get vaccinated, Phase 1B date not set

Frustrations grow for South Carolina teachers watching their fellow educators getting vaccinated right across the state line.

  Novant Health brings the COVID-19 vaccine to patients who can’t leave home

Yvonne Briscoe, 66, is the third patient within the Novant Health system to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the comfort of her home.

  Several Football Friday Night games moved to Thursday, but that means crowds will look different

Anticipating rainy weather on Friday night several football games in and around the Charlotte area moved their games to Thursday night.

  Avery Co. mobile health Clinics take vaccines to the teachers

Teachers and school staff in Avery County finally got their chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination pilot program for homebound individuals coming to part of S.C.

SCDHEC is partnering with Agape Care Group to help bring COVID-19 vaccines to homebound Phase 1a individuals in Hampton and Jasper counties.

Mecklenburg County to end COVID-19 directive, resume some in-person services

Mecklenburg County is ending its COVID-19 directive on Friday.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.

  VACCINE TEAM: How soon will the Johnson & Johnson vaccine be rolled out?

The FDA has ruled it is safe and effective.

  VACCINE TEAM: Are N.C. homeschool teachers eligible for COVID-19 vaccine?

More than 90,000 homeschools are registered to teach kids this school year.

  Gov. Cooper’s new order allows more fans at all N.C. sporting events

Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order that allows more fans at sporting events in North Carolina.

  Teachers feeling hopeful after first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Mecklenburg County

Hundreds of teachers and other staff members rolled up their sleeves for the first dose of the shot at the Mecklenburg County Health Department clinic at Bojangles Coliseum.

  Growing calls to vaccinate South Carolinians with pre-existing conditions

Bell says her vaccine team constantly looks over availability, demand and risks to make phase decisions.

  CaroMont Health launches three-day mass vaccine event for educators, childcare workers

CaroMont Health along with the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services kicked off its three-day mass vaccine event for teachers, childcare workers, and other school staff on Wednesday.

  Less than half of N.C.’s seniors still need vaccine, digital divide blamed for many struggling to get appointment

According to NCDHHS, about 57 percent of the state’s 65+ population has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. But still, many seniors are struggling to get an appointment.

  What pregnant women need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

When it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, every patient is different, especially if you're pregnant.

  Novant plans for 3K appointments a day at new Charlotte COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The 43,000 square-foot space will serve as a permanent site with the ability to accommodate up to 3,000 appointments a day, as supply allows.

  COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to N.C. teachers, school staff and child care workers

North Carolina will start with teachers, childcare workers and school personnel before expanding eligibility to others in Group 3 on March 10.

  VACCINE TEAM: If I am on antibiotics, can I get the vaccine?

A viewer asked about COVID-19 vaccine while taking antibiotics

  North Carolina teachers await COVID-19 vaccine ahead of eligibility expanding Wednesday

Several school districts in our area are working with health systems to hold clinics.

Officials ask for prayers for N.C. trooper battling COVID-19 in ICU for last 12 days

Officials say Trooper James Montgomery, better known as “Brent,” of Troop C District 4 - Vance County has been in intensive care for the last 12 days at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill battling the virus.

  VACCINE TEAM: How do I know I am registering for a legitimate vaccine clinic?

Late Tuesday afternoon, North Caroline Attorney General, Josh Stein sent out a warning about scammers targeting people who want the vaccine.

  Fort Mill Schools latest district to make ‘five day in-person’ shift, teachers want help advocating for vaccines

The teacher vaccination bill passed in the Senate recently. The House Ways and Means healthcare subcommittee held a hearing today where State Superintendent Molly Spearman spoke.

  VACCINE TEAM: Can S.C. residents get second vaccine shot with N.C.’s new out-of-state policy?

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued a new policy in place that prevents out-of-state residents from coming into the state for the sole purpose of getting the vaccine.

North Carolina has smallest number of “red” counties since start of COVID-19 County Alert System

North Carolina now 27 counties in red, the most critical coronavirus community spread, on its county alert system, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

  VACCINE TEAM: Will second shot patients get priority after cancellations?

With winter storms last week crippling many parts of the country supplies never arrived and clinics were canceled.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus drivers have few changes to otherwise ‘strong’ COVID-19 plan

WBTV talked to two drivers who says the CMS’s plan works. It is a good plan, but it leaves some room for improvement.

CDC study: Teachers key to COVID-19 infections in 1 district

A new study finds that teachers may be more important drivers of COVID-19 transmission in schools than students.

  COVID-19 vaccine side effects could impact mammogram results

One of those side effects could be swollen lymph nodes, which can also be a symptom of breast cancer.

N.C. scientist leading COVID-19 vaccine efforts named to 2021 TIME100 Next list

A scientist from Hillsborough, North Carolina who is making a big difference in the fight against COVID-19 has been named to the 2021 TIME100 Next list.

Calls for prioritizing those with pre-existing conditions for the COVID-19 vaccine grow

One Columbia man with spinal muscular atrophy is calling for high-risk individuals to be moved up in line.

  VACCINE TEAM: Can I get vaccinated if I am pregnant?

Teachers and daycare staff are next in line to get vaccinated.

  VACCINE TEAM: Can I get vaccinated if I currently have COVID-19?

Teachers, staff and childcare workers can get vaccinated starting this week.

  Hundreds receive COVID-19 vaccination at new Kannapolis ballpark

The vaccine shots were provided by Atrium Health, and preregistered appointments were not required.

Frustrations, confusion for families persist in seeking the coronavirus vaccine

Families in more rural areas say trying to get vaccine appointments for loved ones has become a daily challenge.