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Posted on: March 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] All Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine on April 7th / Some Restrictions Relaxed by Governor

All of Group 4 Eligible for COVID Vaccine March 31; All Adults Eligible April 7

North Carolina has announced an accelerated timeline for moving to Groups 4 and 5 for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

The rest of Group 4 will be eligible beginning March 31. This includes additional essential workers and people living in other congregate settings such as student dormitories. Essential workers include frontline workers and workers who do not have to be in-person for work in an expanded range of sectors such as construction, energy, financial services and public works. A complete list is available here. All North Carolinians age 16 and older will be eligible to be vaccinated beginning on April 7.  

The accelerated timeline will allow the state to double down on its “fast and fair” approach to getting shots into arms. Healthier Together, a new public private partnership with the NC Counts Coalition, will help increase the number of individuals from historically marginalized populations that receive COVID-19 vaccinations and provide a foundation for a longer-term framework for health equity.

When it's your spot to get your shot, you can find participating vaccine providers at Previously eligible groups – health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, people 65 and older, frontline essential workers, and higher risk people – will continue to be prioritized. Some vaccine providers may not be ready to open to people in Groups 4 and 5 on March 31 and April 7, respectively, if they are still experiencing high demand for vaccines for previously eligible groups.

Visit (English) or (Spanish) for more information about the vaccines, including answers to frequently asked questions.

Not sure what vaccine group you’re in? Visit You can also contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center toll-free at 1-888-675-4567



Some COVID-19 Restrictions Relaxed as Trends Improve; Mask Mandate Remains



As COVID-19 trends continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced this week that the state will continue to ease some COVID-19 restrictions beginning at 5 p.m. March 26.

What is staying the same?
The mask mandate remains in effect. Everyone must wear a mask indoors and in all public settings. Businesses must also maintain the appropriate 6 feet of distance requirement and continue to implement other safety protocols.

What is changing?
 While continuing to require masks and social distancing, lower risk settings will be allowed to open based on their risk: 

  • Lower risk settings that can now open up to full capacity include retail businesses, child care, camps, outdoor playgrounds, personal care businesses and museums. 
  • Medium risk settings that can open up to full capacity outdoors and up to 75% indoors include restaurants, breweries, wineries, gyms, pools and amusement parks.
  • Higher risk settings that can open up to 50% capacity include stadiums and arenas, conference spaces, reception spaces, movie theaters, gaming and bars.

Settings and activities are lower risk when they involve interacting with fewer people, being outside, keeping masks on the entire time, keeping interactions with people short (under 15 minutes), staying physically distant, and avoiding singing, yelling and cheering.

Mass gathering limits are also increasing to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors, and the restriction on the late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants, and other establishments is lifted. See a complete list of the changes.

NCDHHS also updated guidance for schools. Schools should return to in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible while following all public health protocols in the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, including wearing masks all the time and cleaning of high traffic areas.  

“We are in a promising place. With North Carolina’s COVID-19 key metrics improving and vaccinations increasing, we can responsibly use our dimmer switch approach to easing restrictions guided by science and data,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. 

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