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FW: NCDHHS COVID-19 Update—December 30, 2020

UPDATED COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Framework

Thank you for all that you are doing to support North Carolina’s response to COVID-19.   


A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies are currently limited and will continue to be for the next few months. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal public health advisory committees recommend first protecting health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying, and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 


Based on new federal recommendations issued last week by the CDC Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Department has updated and simplified the vaccine prioritization plan.  


North Carolina’s updated phases include: 

·        Current Phase - Phase 1a: Health care workers fighting COVID-19 & Long-Term Care staff and residents. 

·        Phase 1b (to begin in early January): Adults 75 years or older and frontline essential workers  

·        Phase 2: Adults at high risk for exposure and at increased risk of severe illness.  

·        Phase 3: Students  

·        Phase 4: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination. 


Because currently there is not enough vaccine for everyone to be vaccinated at the same time, NCDHHS will open the next phase of vaccinations (1b) in groups, starting only with persons above the age of 75 in order to best manage vaccine dose availability.   To see all the groups for Phases 1b and Phase 2 please review this Infographic of Vaccine Phases. 


In the coming days, we will be sending more information on how North Carolinians over age 75 will access vaccinations beginning in early January. For those who engage this population, please consider sharing our flyer (English / Spanish) as a first step.  


All vaccine providers are expected to ensure that vaccine is equitably administered within each group. NCDHHS has a specific focus on building trust with historically marginalized populations. Longstanding and continuing racial and ethnic injustices in our health care system contribute to lack of trust in vaccines. The Department is partnering with trusted leaders and organizations to provide accurate information about the vaccine.  


More detailed information is available at and in the resources below: 

·        Infographic of Vaccine Phases (English / Spanish) 

·        Deeper Dive: Phase 1a (English / Spanish) 

·        Deeper Dive: Phase 1b (English / Spanish Coming) 


In addition, we encourage you to share vaccine resources below with your networks. 

·        Flyer on Vaccines (English / Spanish) 

·        Presentation COVID-Vaccination 101  (English / Spanish) 

·        Frequently Asked Questions (English / Spanish) 

·        Videos on Vaccine Rollout 

o   NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan (45-second30-second) 

o   NCDHHS Deputy Secretary Ben Money shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan (link) 

·        Videos for Long-Term Care 

o   North Carolina long-term care workers share their reason for taking the newly developed COVID-19 vaccine (90-second60-second30-second) 

o   NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan long-term care facility workers (60-second) 

o   NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan for families of long-term care residents (link) 

o   NCDHHS Deputy Secretary Ben Money shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan for long-term care facilities (60-second, 30-second) 


In addition, we are regularly updating the web page. Continue to check the Vaccines page on the website for more information and resources as they are available: The page is also available in Spanish: 


PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

·       NCDHHS to Expand Reach Out and Read to All North Carolina Counties Through New Medicaid Initiative 

·       NC DHHS and Local Health Departments Expanding Contact Methods to Reach People with COVID-19 

·       (Governor’s Office) Governor Cooper Grants Santa an Exemption from Modified Stay at Home Order

·       NCDHHS Adds Vaccination Data to COVID-19 Data Dashboard 

·       Governor Cooper Gives COVID-19 County Alert Update, Calls on North Carolinians to Stay Vigilant this Holiday Season 

·       North Carolinians Can Apply Online for Help with Energy Costs Beginning Monday 

·       NCDHHS Announces New Partnership with NCCU to Enhance COVID-19 Outreach Efforts Among Underserved Communities 

·       NCDHHS Selects 17 School Districts, 11 Charter Schools Across the State to Participate in COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program 


NEW resources since the last update include:

UPDATED guidance since the last update include:


UPDATED reports since the last update include:

·        COVID-19 Clusters in North Carolina Report

·        Outbreaks and Clusters Reports

·        Patients Presumed to be Recovered Report

·        Risk Factors for Severe Illness Report

·        CLI Surveillance Report

·        Vaccinations Dashboard

NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers


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