Coronavirus: One year later in North Carolina

The year 2020 felt like a nightmare -- jobs were lost and the economy was struggling.

N.C. health leaders launch ‘Find My Vaccine Group’ tool to help residents in vaccination process

  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

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

  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

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  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.

  Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine? Ask the WBTV Vaccine Team

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

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

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.

South Carolina teachers trekking north to get vaccinated

The Department of Health and Environmental Control scheduled Phase 1B groups to be vaccinated in the early Spring.

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

It’s easy to understand why there is confusion. We’ve gotten the question from a lot of you.

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

More than 80,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are heading to North Carolina.

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

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

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

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

  VACCINE TEAM: 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?

  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.

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

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: 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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Avery County second dose catchup clinic held, plans for teachers announced

Officials adjusted some appointments to fit two days worth of shots into one. It worked.

  VACCINE TEAM: Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have an active case of shingles?

We posed that question to Dr. Jerome Williams with Novant Health.

  Tryon Medical Partners CEO challenges health care groups to exhaust vaccine supply within 24 hours

He says they are ready to change the model, by dramatically dialing up the speed of vaccinations.

  Novant Health to open permanent vaccination clinic in East Charlotte

Novant Health will open a permanent vaccine clinic on East Independence Boulevard next week.

  Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine can be stored longer in regular freezer

Right now, the vaccine is approved to only be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures for up to five days and can only last up to six months in an ultra-cold freezer.

  United House of Prayer for All People co-hosting community vaccination event Saturday

The event, which is by appointment only, will take place Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United House of Prayer location at 2321 Beatties Ford Road.

  VACCINE TEAM: Will the current vaccines protect against the new variants of COVID-19?

Several viewers reached out to the Vaccine Team with the same question; Will the current Moderna and Pfizer vaccines protect against the new variants of the coronavirus?

  VACCINE TEAM: Will giving blood reduce antibodies to COVID-19?

The Vaccine Team reached out to One Blood, it is the organization responsible for distributing blood products across the Carolinas.

  Data shows ‘concerning’ racial disparities as Black and Latino South Carolinians vaccinated at lower rates

WBTV looked over DHEC’s newest demographics database. WBTV could not find specific breakdowns on how many eligible White and Black South Carolinians there are. The gap could close when more people become eligible, but right now, DHEC says there is a racial discrepancy in the numbers.

  CDC allows local governments, providers discretion on restricting out-of-state visitors from getting vaccine

North Carolina public health leaders are working to prioritize the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine to in-state residents.

  Mecklenburg Co., other local vaccination appointments canceled, shipments delayed due to weather

Mecklenburg County Public Health and StarMed are canceling their first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled for Friday.

VACCINE TEAM: If canceled, when will my rescheduled vaccine appointment be?

Thursday’s winter storm has forced COVID-19 vaccinations to be delayed across the area and across the state,

  Vaccine clinics in the Carolinas postponed due to inclement weather and shipping delays across the country

Inclement weather across the country has delayed shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine to many counties in the Carolinas. As a result, several vaccine clinics scheduled for the next few days have been postponed.

North Carolina moves to limit out-of-state access to vaccine

North Carolina public health officials are shifting their guidance to improve access to the vaccine for North Carolinians.

  South Carolina health officials speak on state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

South Carolina health leaders will speak on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout Wednesday afternoon.

  VACCINE TEAM: Should you cancel second vaccine appointment if you contract COVID-19 after first dose?

Teachers, staff and daycare workers can get vaccinated as early as Feb. 24.

  Rock Hill community center, ‘one-stop shop’ for those in crisis, fights to stay open during COVID-19

Pathways mission from its website: Our Mission is to be the single point of entry facility, housing service agencies, that together stand ready to serve people in our community.

  Health departments work to accommodate people wanting vaccinations before eligibility expands

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

  Vaccine event volunteers encouraging others to lend a helping hand

Vaccine event volunteers are encouraging other people to help with upcoming events.

  VACCINE TEAM: Is it safe to take allergy meds after your 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Nearly 30,000 people have gotten their second dose in North Carolina.

  DHEC: COVID-19 vaccine shipments to S.C. could again be delayed due to weather

Officials said the delays to S.C. and other southeastern states are most likely to occur Feb. 16 and Feb. 17.