Deeper Dive - Group 3

A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal public health advisory committees recommend first protecting health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. Our goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible given the limited supply of vaccines.

North Carolina moved to Group 3 Frontline Essential Workers - child care and PreK-12 school workers - on Feb. 24, 2021. North Carolina plans to move to additional frontline essential workers on March 10.

Keep practicing the 3 Ws—wear a mask, wait six feet apart, wash your hands—until everyone has a chance to get vaccinated.

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3. Frontline Essential Workers
Child Care/Pre-K-12

Child Care/Pre-K-12

Group 3: Child Care/Pre-K-12 PDF

School and Child Care

School and Child care workers are people who:

  • Must be in-person at your place of work, including staff who anticipate an imminent return to an in-person work setting.
  • Staff who are 65 and older are already eligible to receive the vaccine.

 

Where do you work?

Child Care Settings PreK-12 School Settings
  • Child Care Centers
  • Pre-Kindergarten Programs
  • Head Start & Early Head Start Programs
  • Pre-School Programs
  • Family Child Care Homes
  • Traditional Public Schools
  • Charter Schools
  • Private/Non-Public Schools

 

What is your role?

Child Care Roles PreK-12 School Roles
  • Teachers
  • Teacher assistants
  • Student teachers
  • Owners, directors, supervisors
  • Bus and van drivers
  • Family support staff
  • Food service workers
  • Classroom support and administrative staff
  • Custodial and maintenance staff
  • Therapists and medical staff
  • Required on-site consultants
  • Teachers
  • Teacher assistants
  • Student and substitute teachers
  • Special education teachers and therapists
  • School and district administrators
  • School transportation drivers
  • Food service workers
  • School support staff (e.g., guidance counselors, social workers, speech language pathologists)
  • Custodial and maintenance staff
  • Media & IT specialists
  • School safety personnel
  • Librarians
  • School administrative staff
  • Instructional support staff
  • School Nurses (eligible in Group 1)

 

*The frontline essential sectors and workers, as categorized by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) align with federal prioritization guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations.

Frontline Essential Worker

Frontline Essential Worker

Group 3: Frontline Essential Worker

Frontline Essential Worker

Frontline essential workers are people who:

  • Must be in-person at their place of work
  • Work in one of the eight essential sectors listed below*

 

Critical Manufacturing Education Essential Goods Food and Agriculture

Including for example:

  • Workers manufacturing medical supplies, medical equipment or PPE
  • Workers manufacturing products needed for food and agricultural supply chains

Including for example:

  • College and university instructors and support staff

Including for example:

  • Workers in stores that sell groceries and medicine

Including for example:

  • Meat packing workers
  • Food processing workers
  • Farm workers
  • Migrant farm/fishery workers
  • Food distribution and supply chain workers
  • Restaurant workers

 

Government and Community Services Health Care and Public Health Public Safety Transportation

Including for example:

  • U.S. Postal Service and other shipping workers
  • Court workers
  • Elected officials
  • Clergy
  • Homeless shelter staff
  • Veterinarians, veterinarian staff and veterinarian students

Including for example:

  • Public health workers
  • Social workers

Including for example:

  • Firefighters and EMS
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections workers
  • Security officers
  • Public agency workers responding to abuse and neglect

Including for example:

  • Public transit workers
  • Division of Motor Vehicles workers
  • Transportation maintenance and repair technicians
  • Workers supporting highway infrastructure

 

*The frontline essential sectors and workers, as categorized by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) align with federal prioritization guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations.