Vaccines

On Oct. 16, 2020, North Carolina submitted its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the plan is to immunize everyone who is eligible for and wants a COVID-19 vaccine.

North Carolina’s vaccine plan reflects five principles that guide the planning for and distribution of one or more COVID-19 vaccines in the state. The principles include:

  1. All North Carolinians have equitable access to vaccines.
  2. Vaccine planning and distribution is inclusive; actively engages state and local government, public and private partners; and draws upon the experience and expertise of leaders from historically marginalized populations.
  3. Transparent, accurate, and frequent public communications is essential to building trust.
  4. Data is used to promote equity, track progress and guide decision-making.
  5. Appropriate stewardship of resources and continuous evaluation and improvement drive successful implementation.

This is an interim plan and will continue to be revised based on further information and guidance from the CDC and other federal agencies; increasing data on safety and efficacy from vaccine trials; ongoing input from state and local partners and the Vaccine Advisory Committee; and refinements needed as the state progresses through the planning and operational stages.

North Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan builds on the foundation of the state’s overall goals and pillars of response to the pandemic: Prevention, Testing, Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine. North Carolina took early and aggressive action to slow the spread of the virus; built statewide capacity for testing, personal protective equipment supplies and contract tracing; developed hospital surge plans; and promoted aggressive prevention strategies. 

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