RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Multiple Triad counties are opening up COVID-19 vaccinations to nearly everyone.
As of Wednesday, the following counties are accepting appointments for anyone as long as they meet the age requirements for the vaccine (16 for Pfizer, 18 for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson):
- Alamance County
- Davidson County
- Guilford County
- Randolph County
- Rockingham County
While Group 5 will not become eligible statewide until April 7, these counties have been authorized to welcome Group 5, which includes people ages 16 and older regardless of health or employment.
“This is an exciting time for Guilford County,” said Dr. Iulia Vann, director of the Guilford County Division of Public Health. “Now, anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can register to be
vaccinated. This is a long-awaited step towards combating the virus and returning to a much
Randolph County’s Public Health Director said Wednesday she believes more people are able to get their shots from local providers and the nearby mass vaccination site in Greensboro, contributing to the declining demand.
“There may be some hesitancy in there, and I hope not because it is going to be critically important that we get everyone we can with a vaccine especially now that spring is here,” Susan Hayes said.
Data from the state Department of Health and Human Services shows Randolph County has partially vaccinated approximately 16% of its residents, and 9% are fully vaccinated.
Hayes is hopeful that rate will improve, particularly as the county is able to launch mobile clinics with more access to vaccine options.
“I know there are people who are very interested in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because it is a one shot deal, while we don’t have Johnson & Johnson this minute we are hoping to have some in April,” she said.
According to Hayes, members of Groups 1-4 will still have priority reserving appointments in Randolph County.
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen says the state is still in line to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of having all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1.
To sign up for an appointment, find the online portal or phone number for your local COVID-19 vaccination clinic using our list.
At the state level, Groups 1 through 3 are entirely eligible, while only some members of group 4, which includes people with certain health conditions, are eligible for the vaccine as of March 17.
Group 4 vaccinations began with people with high-risk medical conditions, people experiencing homelessness, and incarcerated people who have not been vaccinated.
The state plans to move to other essential workers and other people in close group living settings next at a later date.