The approach to vaccine distribution differs by state and county. In the state of North Carolina, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) oversees the process of prioritizing who is eligible to receive the vaccine as supplies become available. The current priority groupings are discussed below.
Both county public health agencies and health care systems receive allocations of the vaccine from NC DHHS to distribute. Those agencies and health care systems are distributing the vaccine to those groups of individuals that are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Each county and health care agency is charged with developing their own plan for holding vaccine clinics. There are plans in place for individual health care providers (e.g, doctor’s offices; pharmacies) to also be able to give the vaccine in the future.
UNCG is working with county and state health officials to determine the best way for us to help our employees and students have access to the vaccine when they qualify. We have already identified those employees, on campus, who qualify because of the nature of their roles and responsibilities (e.g., nursing faculty, employees in Student Health Services) and are part of Group 1.
If you qualify because of your age to be vaccinated as part of Group 2 (65 and older), you should reach out directly to schedule an appointment (see below).
We will provide updates as we learn more about how the vaccine will be made available to members of Groups 3, 4, and 5.
Vaccine site added
Appointments open for Federally Supported COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Greensboro
Beginning March 5th, eligible members of the public can make appointments online for a vaccine at the federally supported COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center in Greensboro at Four Seasons Town Centre.
Appointments can be made online by visiting GSOmassvax.org. Appointments may be scheduled by phone beginning Monday. Additional appointments will become available on Monday through our call center for those who are not able to access the web-based registration tool.
If you are in a currently eligible group, based on North Carolina’s vaccine prioritization, you will be able to make an appointment. North Carolina is currently providing vaccinations for people in Groups 1, 2 and 3, including frontline essential workers, people age 65 and older, health care workers and long-term care residents, among others. Detailed information about each vaccine group is online at YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov (English) or vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish).
Resources for Information about the Vaccines
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Guidance for Individuals Who Have Been Vaccinated
We still have limited guidance for those who have been able to be fully vaccinated. We define individuals as “fully vaccinated” when they have received both doses of the vaccine and are at least two weeks past the second dose.
Here is what we do know:
- You should continue to wear your mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands often.
- Should you be exposed to the virus (be within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more with an individual who has tested positive) you do not need to quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated and you meet the following conditions:
- It has been no more than 90 days since you received your final dose; and
- You do not have or develop symptoms. If you develop symptoms you should get tested and isolate.
The 90 day period is a starting point based on early research on individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 and the length of their immunity (how long they have protective antibodies). As more people get vaccinated and the scientific community is able to learn more about how long immunity lasts once vaccinated, we anticipate the 90 day window will change.
We ask that all individuals, including those who have been vaccinated, continue to self-report if they are exposed to the virus or if they develop symptoms. We have added a question to the self-report tool that allows you to indicate that you have been vaccinated. A member of Human Resources (for staff), Faculty Personnel Services (for faculty), or Student Health Services (for students) will contact individuals who self-report they have been exposed but vaccinated to determine whether the criteria above are met. As part of the process, they will ask for documentation of vaccination (a medical document or letter; or vaccination card) and store it with the individual’s confidential personnel or student health record. We will not be collecting COVID-19 vaccine records at this time unless we need them to make determinations about quarantine status.
As of 1/15/21, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Guilford County Division of Public Health, we are in Phase 1 and 2 of the Vaccine Plan.
Group 1: Health care workers & Long-Term Care staff and residents
- Health care workers with in-person patient contact
- Long-term care staff and residents—people in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and continuing care retirement communities
Group 2: Older adults
- Anyone 65 years 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 old 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 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, public safety (e.g., engineers) and public health workers
Group 5: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination
You may find more information and answers in our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Do you want to find your group?
Use the online tool from NCDHHS and find out.
• Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403
• Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Road, Greensboro, NC 27406
• High Point University Community Center at Oak Hollow Mall, 921 Eastchester Drive, Suite 1230, HighPoint, NC 27262
Please call 336.641.7944 and select Option 2 beginning Friday, January 8 at 8:00 AM. Appointments are required. Walk-ins will NOT be accepted.