Gov. Cooper: Vaccine opening to those 65 and up

Gov. Cooper: Vaccine opening to those 65 and up
(Source: WAVE 3 News)

RALEIGH (WRAL) - North Carolina will expand its COVID-19 vaccine protocols, offering shots to people 65 and up, Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday.

The change meshes with shifting federal guidelines, adding the younger age set of people to those 75 and up, who the state started vaccinating in recent days.

This would open the vaccine up to as many as a million more people in North Carolina. That’s far more than the state has shots on hand for, so administering these doses may take weeks, or longer.

Cooper, speaking this morning to a virtual gathering of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, said more details will come later today. DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen plans a press call at 2 p.m.

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