MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021
NC DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH SEEKING HELP WITH VACCINE COORDINATION. The North Carolina Division of Public Health has reached out to the Board of Pharmacy and is asking for personnel to help assist the Local Health Departments across North Carolina as they begin offering vaccinations to their community. Many of these Local Health Departments have well organized plans that they are preparing to execute in order to vaccinate their community while also continuing their critical daily duties and support ongoing COVID-19 pandemic responsibilities like contact tracing and outbreak identification.
NC pharmacists interested in an opportunity to volunteer and help North Carolinians protect themselves from COVID-19 should complete the survey below from North Carolina Division of Public Health. Their staffing team will reach out to you to match your willingness to serve with the Local Health Departments requesting assistance. This effort will be coordinated by state employees so please continue to monitor your e-mail for follow-up coordination from someone who will have an e-mail address (firstname.lastname)@dhhs.nc.gov .
Please complete this brief survey to indicate your availability/interest in helping—all data goes to North Carolina Division of Public Health staff and is not shared publicly: https://nc.readyop.com/fs/4d5I/ddb4
Questions, please contact:
Christine Mullarkey Campbell
For additional information about North Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts, please see below:
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:
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 yourspotyourshot.nc.gov and in the resources below:
In addition, we encourage you to share vaccine resources below with your networks.
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: yourspotyourshot.nc.gov. The page is also available in Spanish: covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vacuna.