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The state will speed up the COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline by moving Groups 4 and 5 for vaccine eligibility with the rest of Group 4 eligible on March 31 and all North Carolina adults aged 16 and over will be eligible beginning April 7.

Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., announced the accelerated vaccine timeline during a Thursday press conference.

“In the next couple of months, we’ll have enough supply for everyone who wants a vaccine to get one,” Cooper said. “And when that happens, each of us is going to have to talk to our friends and family who are hesitating about getting vaccinated and convince them to do it because the vaccine is our path to recovery.”

Beginning on March 31, additional essential workers and people living in other congregate settings such as student dormitories will be eligible for vaccination.

Ocracoke residents are urged to register for a vaccine at the Ocracoke Health Center. Call 252-489-3622.

As of today (March 26), Hyde County Health Department reports no active COVID-19 cases.

To see the current status of full and partial vaccinations statewide, click here.

A new public private partnership, Healthier Together: Health Equity Action Network, will enhance the state’s equitable delivery of vaccines.  Healthier Together will conduct outreach and education efforts, coordinate local vaccine events, help people schedule and get to vaccine appointments, provide on-site translation services, and help ensure people get to second dose appointments.

A new report expands upon this work. Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine Equity in North Carolina reports the share of vaccinations in the past week going to Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and American Indian or Alaskan Native populations as well as key metrics for promoting accountability through data transparency. The report will be updated every two weeks.

According to state data, the weekly average of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to fall Thursday, reaching a level not seen since last October.

After steadily declining since January, the seven-day average of new cases has started to level off in the last week, hovering between 1,600 and 1,800 new cases each day.

Since Tuesday, the seven-day average has climbed slightly, from an average of 1,693 new cases over the past week to 1,723 new cases.

Over the last week, North Carolina hospitals have reported an average of 957 people hospitalized with COVID-19 per day. The seven-day average of hospitalizations has steadily declined since Jan. 18.

For accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit or the NCDHHS COVID information hub.

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