BCHHS Public Health Provider Alert: Buncombe County's decision regarding NCDHHS Updates to Vaccine Phasing

January 15, 2021




Please see the press release below regarding today’s NCDHHS vaccine rollout announcement and Buncombe County’s decision to continue to focus administration of COVID vaccinations on adults 75 and older until 2/1/2021. We also will continue to vaccinate any remaining Phase 1a (or what was formerly Phase 1a) healthcare workers & long-term care facility residents & staff. Second dose administration for our initial Moderna shipment will begin next week as well. We will open vaccination to those 65 and older, as well as other healthcare workers, on 2/1/2021. You can sign up for email and/or text alerts about our vaccine phases and vaccine availability by following the instructions in the press release.

At this time, healthcare agencies and clinics in Buncombe County should continue to submit spreadsheets to covidvax@buncombecounty.org for all of their healthcare workers with in-person patient contact who have not yet been vaccinated. We will go ahead and upload your spreadsheets into CVMS to enable all of these individuals to get enrolled prior to 2/1/2021. If, based on my email of 1/10, you already submitted spreadsheets for what was then known as Phase 1b, Groups 2 and 3, there is no need for you to resubmit your information. We will go ahead and upload both groups prior to 2/1. For current instructions on submitting spreadsheets, please see the attached document “CVMS instructions for healthcare workers.” A blank spreadsheet also is attached.

Also, if any physicians or advanced practice clinicians would like to volunteer at our mass vaccination sites as medical review staff (reviewing patient screening forms and giving written orders to vaccinating nurses/EMTs/paramedics), please see the attached email with more information and instructions.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging time for all of us. Please know that local health departments across NC are working hard to get vaccine administered safely, efficiently and equitably to those who are being prioritized by the state.

Stay safe, and thank you for what you do for our community.





For Immediate Release

Jan. 14, 2021

State Re-Calibrates Vaccine Phasing, Vaccines for Healthcare Workers and Adults 65 and Older In Buncombe Begins Feb. 1

Today the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that vaccine providers may vaccinate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older. 

Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) had begun administering vaccine to those 75 years and older per the previous NCDHHS plan and is committed to providing vaccinations to those 75 years and older until Feb 1, 2021. BCHHS will continue to provide appointments to those over the age of 75 and will begin to provide appointments for individuals 65 and older starting February 1, 2021.

Because vaccine supplies are currently limited, states must make vaccine available in phases. View the phases here: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/vaccines/NCDHHS-Vaccine-Infographic.pdf

NCDHHS determines the vaccine allocation to counties. Current vaccine supply remains low. BCHHS will alert our community of available appointments as more vaccine doses are received.

Currently, all appointments for available vaccines have been scheduled. Community members can receive information about vaccination phases, available appointments, and how to schedule appointments by signing up for the COVID-19 email newsletter at buncombeready.org. Community members can also receive alerts to their phones by texting “BCAlert” to 888-777.