State to vaccinate medically vulnerable starting March 24

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina will soon allow medically vulnerable people get vaccinated as early as March 24. The announcement comes after the group had been pushed down the priority list amid changing guidance from the federal government that favored older age groups.

All remaining frontline essential workers will be able to get a vaccine starting Wednesday.

The state feels comfortable expanding the pool of eligible recipients following approval of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More than 80,000 one-shot doses will soon be arriving in the state.

Other states, including California and South Carolina, have already adjusted their plan and bumped up residents with serious underlying health issues.

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