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Posted on: January 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Craven County Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

The Craven County Health Department updated the local COVID-19 vaccination plan in accordance with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) plan that directly aligns with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. The CDC announced new guidance this week regarding individuals 65 years of age and older. 


The NCDHHS has recategorized priority populations into groups. Craven County is currently vaccinating Groups 1 and 2.

  • Group 1 – Health care workers fighting COVID-19 and Long-Term care staff and residents
  • Group 2 – Older adults
  • Anyone 65 years of age or older, regardless of health status or living situation.
  • Group 3 – Frontline essential workers
  • The CDC defines frontline essential workers as workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and who are at substantially higher risk for exposure to COVID-19.
  • Group 4 – Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness
  • Anyone 16-64 years of age with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID-19 such as cancer, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, among others, regardless of living situation.
  • 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.
  • Essential workers not yet vaccinated. The CDC defines those as workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (i.e., construction), finance (i.e., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, public safety (i.e., engineers), and public health workers.
  • Group 5 – Everyone who wants and safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination



For updates on which groups are currently being vaccinated, vaccination locations, appointments, and resources please visit the COVID-19 vaccine page at and the Craven County Health Department Facebook page @cravencountyhealth. Citizens that do not have access to the internet should call the COVID-19 vaccine call center at 252-636-6693. Call center staff are available from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions and assist individuals that do not have access to the internet.  

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