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COVID Vaccinations

Gaston County is following guidance from the CDC and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services to help prioritize our supply of vaccines until they become widely available, which should happen over the next few months. In the coming weeks, local providers will be able to begin vaccinating in their own offices.

Vaccinations are currently available for health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, and those older than 75. If you fall into one of these groups, you can schedule an appointment by calling 704-866-3170 during regular county business hours. Appointments will likely fill up quickly, but please be assured we will work to vaccinate all our residents that fall into the current priority groups before opening up vaccinations to other groups. Find out more about vaccine prioritization below.

Vaccine Prioritization
COVID Vaccine Information

North Carolina's Vaccine Distribution Plan
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Phase 1a: Health care workers fighting COVID-19 & Long-Term Care staff and residents: December 2020
  • Health care workers caring for and working directly with patients with COVID-19, including staff responsible for cleaning and maintenance in those areas
  • Health care workers administering vaccine.
  • Long-term care staff and residents—people in skilled nursing facilities and in adult, family and group homes.

Phase 1b: Adults 75 years or older and frontline essential workers: Early January 2021
There is not enough vaccine for everyone in this phase to be vaccinated at the same time. Vaccinations will be available to groups in the following order:

  • 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.
    • The CDC defines frontline essential workers as first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as child care workers.
  • Group 3: Health care workers and frontline essential workers of any age.

Phase 2: 
Adults at high risk for exposure and at increased risk of severe illness: TBD. Vaccinations will happen by group in the following order:

  • Group 1: Anyone 65-74 years old, regardless of health status or living situation.
  • Group 2: Anyone 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID such as cancer, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, among others, regardless of living situation.
  • Group 3: Anyone who is incarcerated or living in other close group living settings who is not already vaccinated due to age, medical condition or job function.
  • Group 4: Essential workers not yet vaccinated.
    • The CDC defines these as workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (e.g., construction), finance (e.g., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, and public safety (e.g., engineers), and public health workers.

Phase 3: Students: TBD

  • College and university students.
  • K-12 students age 16 and over. Younger children will only be vaccinated when the vaccine is approved for them.

Phase 4: 
Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination: TBD

Learn more about North Carolina’s plan for vaccine prioritization and distribution at NC DHHS COVID-19: Vaccines or view this Infographic of Vaccine Phases.

Vaccine Information

NC DHHS COVID Vaccine Page (espanol)
COVID Fact Sheet
Facts about COVID (espanol)