As of March 3, Restaurant workers and other frontline essential workers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Group 3. In addition to restaurant employees, this group includes supply chain workers and those involved in food distribution. As of March 31, additional essential workers not included in Group 3, like hotel employees, are eligible for vaccines as part of Group 4.
Vaccine distribution sites and appointment methods vary across the state, but NCDHHS is adding more locations each week, including pharmacies, hospitals, health departments, doctors’ offices, and large drive-through events at coliseums and arenas. We encourage you to visit the Vaccine Finder Tool on the NCDHHS website where you can search by zip code or city. Depending on the participating location, you may be able to fill out an online form to join a waiting list. For individuals between the ages of 16 and 18 years old, there is now an option on the locator tool to find specific type of vaccine.
Depending on availability of appointments, you may choose to check in your own county as well as in your neighboring counties. Please check with your county health department website as eligibility varies by county.
Helping Your Employees Through the Process
The state of NC does not require identification or a driver’s license in order to receive the vaccine, nor do they require proof of employment as a frontline essential worker. However, some vaccination sites, like pharmacies, may request this information. To help employees though the process, we are providing a sample letter that businesses may customize, print and give to their employees to take to their vaccination appointment or event. This letter is intended to certify that an employee is, in fact, a part of your organization and is deemed a Frontline Essential Worker in Group 3 or an Essential Worker in Group 4. Download, customize, and print the letter, which can be found below in the Vaccine Resources section.