Dare County accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments for ‘Phase 3’

Duck Fire Chief Donna Black gets her second vaccine shot at a clinic in Feb. 2021. [photo courtesy Duck Fire Dept/Twitter]

Dare County is now accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals in “Phase 3,” which includes grocery store and restaurant workers, postal workers, veterinarians, elected officials, clergy, transit workers and others.

Earlier this week, Dare health officials said weekly vaccine allocation has been increased to 500 first doses per week for the next three weeks. Additionally, the county has been approved for an extra 500 first doses this week and 1,500 first doses next week in response to additional special event requests health officials submitted.

“With this increase in allocation we have successfully been able to offer appointments to those aged 65 and over who were on our waiting list and we are now ready to move to Phase 3, Essential Workers,” Dare County Health and Human Services said in a news release. 

Anyone who falls under Phase 3 may not sign up at www.darenc.com/covidvaccine and complete the vaccination request form. Staff will then call you to schedule an appointment, as appointments are available.

Phase 3 essential workers as defined by the state are those who work in critical manufacturing, education, essential goods (including grocery stores, pharmacies, food service and gas stations), government and community service organizations, churches, public health, public safety and transportation.

Over the past eight weeks Dare County has administered 8,398 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines and 5,741 second doses. Over the next two weeks, they expect to administer an additional 3,250 first doses and 1,100 second doses. 

To find out what group you are in on the vaccine priority list, click here.





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