Everyone Will Be Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 7

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In previous blog posts, I have written about whether North Carolina public employers may require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (here) and about North Carolina’s vaccine priority plans and how they have changed (here). If you are trying to stay abreast of vaccine eligibility the better to encourage your employees to get their shot, you may be reading that some North Carolina counties have opened up vaccination to all comers and wonder whether you have missed something. You haven’t! In some counties, the vaccine supply is now greater than the number of eligible people signing up to be vaccinated. Those counties are opening up vaccination to everyone. But statewide, as of March 31, 2021, all Group 4 essential workers will be eligible. And on April 7, 2021, every resident of North Carolina over the age of 16 will be eligible (Group 5)! For a discussion of who falls into Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4, see here.

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