The Jackson County Department of Health issued the following press release Tuesday.
The Jackson County Department of Public Health is following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine will be available to all who want it but supplies will be limited at first.
The best way to fight COVID-19 is to start first with vaccinations for those most at risk, then reach more people as vaccine supply increases throughout 2021.
Vaccination will begin with Phase 1a and progress to 1b, 2, 3, and 4:
• Phase 1a: Healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 and long-term care staff
• Phase 1b: Adults 75 years or older and frontline workers.
- Group 1: Anyone 75 years or older, regardless of health status or living
- Group 2: Healthcare workers and frontline essential workers (first responders,
firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and
agriculture workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing
workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those
in the education sector as well as child care workers) 50 years or older
- Group 3: Healthcare workers and frontline essential workers of any age
• Phase 2: Adults at high risk for exposure and at increased risk of severe illness.
• Phase 3: Students
• Phase 4: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination.
JCDPH is currently vaccinating those who fall into Phase 1a. We will update the public as we transition to subsequent Phases via our website at http://health.jacksonnc.org/covid19, Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCoDPH, and through our local news outlets.
As we transition to this next stage of response, JCDPH must focus on what is most important in ensuring the recovery of our community. Our main focus will be on our COVID-19 vaccination campaign, COVID 19 positive case investigation and contact tracing on priority cases. Due to the dramatic increase in positive cases reported to JCDPH, our capacity is diminished and we cannot assure that we will be able to reach cases and contacts in a timely manner. We ask that our community does its part by doing the following:
• Always follow the 3Ws as they are the best public health tools we have to prevent COVID-19. • Wear a cloth face covering. Wait 6 feet apart. Wash your hands.
• Download SlowCOVIDNC. This exposure notification app will notify you if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result via the app.
• Seek COVID-19 testing if sick or exposed. Visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid 19/testing/find-my-testing-place to find a testing site near you.
• If you test positive for COVID-19, let those you have been around know. This simple phone call can help break the chain of transmission and slow the spread of COVID-19.
• Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is your turn.
For more information, visit JCDPH’s website at http://health.jacksonnc.org/covid19 or call the Jackson County Emergency Operations Center at 631-HELP.