9 January, 2021 – Advent Announcements

ANNOUNCING COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing for Older Adults
Individuals 75+ are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

Orange County Health Department Prepares to Move into Phase 1B of COVID Vaccine Effort 

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. January 7, 2021 ―North Carolina has moved into Phase 1b Group 1 of COVID vaccine distribution, meaning individuals 75 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. There is no requirement to have certain qualifying chronic conditions.  

If you are 75 or older, please follow the three-step process: 

1.    Complete the Vaccine Interest Form (VIF)at https://redcap.link/OCHDvaxCall 919-913-8088 if you don’t have access to a computer or would like help filling out the form. Foreign language interpreters will be available. We are anticipating very high call volume. Please be patient for a return call if you decide to leave a voicemail. 

2.    Register for the vaccine. You will receive an email with a link to an online registration form to enter your data into the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS). It will take several minutes to complete. It is only available in English, but county staff are available to help register in other languages besides English by calling 919-913-8088. 

3.    Schedule your vaccine appointment. When an individual is eligible to receive a vaccine, you will receive another email from the Orange County Health Department to schedule an appointment. 

“Due to limited availability of vaccine, Orange County may not be able to schedule appointments for everyone who is eligible right away,” said Orange County Health Director Quintana Stewart. “Please be patient as we work through this process.”

To reduce the number of phone calls, residents in subsequent phases will be asked to register later. Eventually, the CVMS system will allow residents to register themselves. The complete list of the vaccination plan’s phases may be found on the NCDHHS website.  

Read the full Orange County Health Department press release and learn more about the vaccination plan at orangecountync.gov/GetYourShot.

Remember if your are 75 years or older, follow the 3-step process above, starting with completing the Vaccine Interest Form at redcap.link/OCHDvax. Please, Get Your Shot!

FREE COVID-19 Testing Event for ages 60+

Piedmont Health is offering COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing events at both senior centers for adults 60+. The events will be primarily drive-thru testing, with a capacity for walk-ups as well. Receive test results in 3-5 business days Testing available with/without insurance at NO COST!

Seymour Center2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill Friday, January 15; 10 am – 1 pm

Passmore Center 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough Friday, January 22; 10 am – 2 pm

Attendees can preregister for testing by calling (919) 545 3452. Preregistration is not required, but highly encouraged to secure an appointment slot, expedite testing, & ensure that you are in the system.

Please have on a mask prior to driving or walking up. If you do not have masks, one will be provided.

For more details, download and share the COVID Testing flier (pdf) available in English and Spanish.

Who Should Get Tested? North Carolina is focused on rapidly increasing testing of people who may not currently have symptoms, but may have been exposed to COVID-19. For information on testing in Orange County, and for additional testing sites available for for all ages, please visit the Orange County Health Department COVID-19 Testing website.

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