Law enforcement, first responders, and other frontline employees now able to get vaccinated in NC


RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — All essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Carolina will now be able to receive a vaccination starting Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

The governor has now opened vaccinations to all of those under Group 3, which include workers in critical manufacturing, grocery store employees, farmworkers, college and university support staff, restaurant employees, firefighters and EMS, and law enforcement, among others.

North Carolina divided Group 3 into two phases, beginning with childcare workers and educators on Feb. 24.

Cooper had said that all other frontline essential workers would become eligible on March 10.

Now, the governor has greenlighted providers to give all frontline essential workers the vaccine beginning on March 3.

On Tuesday, North Carolina reported just 1,239 new cases of COVID-19.

While numbers released on Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be lower due to the weekend, Tuesday’s number of new cases is the lowest since Oct. 19 (1,144).

Hospitalizations ticked up slightly from 1,329 on Monday to 1,352 on Tuesday. This is the first increase in hospitalizations since Feb. 16.

Tuesday’s daily percent positive was 5.7 percent – just above the state’s goal of 5 percent.

The number of deaths attributed to the virus hit 11,288 on Tuesday.

For more on the coronavirus in North Carolina, click here.

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