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The Halifax County Health Department is now taking online only registration for first dose COVID-19 vaccinations.

The vaccinations for groups 1 and 2 will be administered February 17 and 18 at building 700 of Halifax Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants must enter the college from the Country Club Road entrance and follow the signs to the 700 building.

Anyone who has a scheduled vaccine appointment will receive a call from the department for pre-registration.

To schedule an appointment visit this link

Daily report

The health department today added 26 new positive cases to its data, which brings the total cumulative number of positives since March to 4,833.

The health department also reported an additional related death today which brings the total to 92.

Northampton County

The health department reported Thursday there were 1,601 total positive cases of which 1,516 have recovered. There were 19 active cases. There have been 66 related deaths.

State group 3 vaccination plan

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced plans this week for how the state will move to group 3 for COVID-19 vaccines. 

Because supply is still very limited and the population of frontline essential workers is so large, group 3 will begin with vaccinating anyone working in child care or in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools starting on February 24. 

Additional frontline essential workers will be eligible for vaccinations on March 10.

Some vaccine providers may not be ready to open to frontline essential workers on these dates if they are still experiencing high demand for vaccines in groups 1 and 2, which includes healthcare workers, those who work and live in a long-term care setting, and anyone 65 and older.

Those eligible for the vaccine starting February 24 include staff in child care centers and homes, Head Start programs, preschool and pre-kindergarten programs, traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools. 

Anyone who must be in-person — such as teachers, bus and van drivers, custodial and maintenance staff, and food service workers — will be eligible to take their shot.