DCDHHS COVID-19 Update #73
Monday, January 4, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies are very limited at first. Independent state and federal public health advisory committees have determined that the best way to fight COVID-19 is to start first with vaccinations for those most at risk, reaching more people as the vaccine supply increases. Keep practicing the 3W’s—wear a mask, wait six feet apart, wash your hands—until everyone has a chance to be vaccinated
According to the NC DHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Phases, the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, has been providing first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to Healthcare Providers in Dare County over the past 2 weeks. Dare County is now ready to begin providing vaccinations to the next Phase; Phase 1b, Group 1.
Phase 1b, Group 1 is persons 75 years and older: All people age 75 and older will be eligible to be vaccinated first in this group. There is no requirement to have certain qualifying chronic conditions.
Advanced registration is required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As required by our state vaccination contract, registration is currently open for any North Carolina resident or property owner age 75 and over. Proof of North Carolina residency or property ownership is required and documentation may include North Carolina drivers license, copy of current lease or mortgage, current vehicle registration or your current tax record. To register, please call the COVID-19 call center at 252-475-5008. The Call Center is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. We are expecting a high call volume, so please keep trying if you do not get an answer right away.
Vaccine clinics will be offered on an ongoing basis based on our weekly allocation of the vaccine from the state. We are currently only receiving a very limited number of doses each week. Please be patient and understand that it will take time to provide everyone the vaccine who wishes to receive it.
Dare County is currently accepting registrations for the following clinics. You must register for an appointment in advance. There will not be any walk up appointments. These clinics are only for North Carolina residents and property owners ages 75 and older.
January 6th – Baum Center, Kill Devil Hills
January 11th – Parks and Recreation, Kill Devil Hills
January 16th – Fessenden Center – Buxton
Dare County will be providing the Moderna COVID 19 vaccine. The Moderna Vaccine requires 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days. For more information on the Moderna Vaccine, please visit the CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html. To receive the vaccine you should not have received any other vaccination within 14 days of your scheduled date to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You must also not have been in direct contact with anyone who has had the COVID-19 virus in the past 14 days or have yourself been infected with the COVID-19 virus in the past 14 days.
To follow which Priority Phase we are vaccinating please visit the Dare County webpage at darenc.com/covidvaccine
Communications and Information Sharing
Dare County DHHS has an established schedule of communication to share information regarding COVID-19. Every Tuesday, a written update and a video update which includes an overview of the previous week’s COVID-19 key metrics is issued. Additional updates will be released as needed. All released videos and written updates can be found on our website, DHHS facebook page, Dare County Twitter page, and Dare Emergency Management Twitter page. If you would like to receive these updates directly to your email, please sign up to receive our enotifications.
New positive cases are updated on the dashboard on our website and shared on the DHHS facebook page when we receive them. To find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County visit www.darenc.com/covid19. State COVID-19 data is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.
We encourage you to stay informed by visiting www.darenc.com/covid19 or by visiting the CDC or NC DHHS websites. If you have specific needs or questions you may also call the Dare County COVID-19 call center open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 at 252-475-5008.
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