Message from Dave Richard, NC Medicaid
Message from Dave Richard, NC Medicaid


FW: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

From Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid, Division of Health Benefits:

NC Medicaid Associations:

Thank you for all you continue to do to support North Carolina’s pandemic response!

Our goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible given the limited supply of vaccines. Today, we shared that vaccine providers that are ready to expand may vaccinate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older. 

North Carolina moves through vaccination phases by aligning to federal priorities while empowering local health departments and hospitals with flexibility to move to the next priority group as they complete phases and have vaccines available.  It is the responsibility of all vaccine providers to ensure equitable access to vaccines. This will mean taking intentional actions to reach and engage historically marginalized communities.

As always, we rely on you as a trusted messenger to help people make informed decisions and take action. NC DHHS has created a suite of communications materials to help you be a spot for accurate information. You can use these resources to keep your networks and communities informed about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, as well as direct them to information that will help them find local vaccination sites. Available in both English and Spanish, the materials include general information about COVID-19 vaccinations and North Carolina’s ongoing rollout that can help you inform people of all ages. 

In addition, we now have video testimonials that we hope you will use and share!


Our website,, has flyers, fact sheets, postcards in English and Spanish that we ask you to post, print and handout in places where people visit, and share in newsletters. Check the website often for new materials.

Thanks again for your support!

-- Dave

Dave Richard

Deputy Secretary

NC Medicaid

Division of Health Benefits

NC Department of Health and Human Services


Office: 919-855-4101

Mobile: 919-500-1596


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