During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ocracoke Health Center is not taking walk-ins, but patients may call for appointments (phone or virtual) at 252-928-1511. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The Ocracoke Health Center has announced that phased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines is underway in North Carolina and that getting vaccinated will be critical for ending the pandemic.

Ocracoke Health Center and Engelhard Medical Center are expecting vaccine shipments in the following weeks.

When they arrive, they will notify the group that is eligible for the 1B phase of vaccinations. Initial phases concentrate on the most vulnerable populations, including long-term care facilities, first responders, healthcare workers and other at-risk populations.

Phase 1B is made up of three groups:

Group 1: Anyone 75 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation Group 2: Health care workers and frontline essential workers 50 years or older Group 3: Health care workers and frontline essential workers of any age

Group 1 will be the first to be vaccinated and an announcement will be made when each group will be eligible. www.YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov is updated regularly with information about who can currently get vaccinated. “Your spot” is based on your age, health and job status.

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