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Childcare workers from Pre-K to 12 eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
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Childcare workers from Pre-K to 12 eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

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After canceling the drive-thru vaccination clinic scheduled for Feb. 22 due to a nationwide delay in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution network, the Iredell County Health Department announced Tuesday that the next vaccination clinic would take place next Monday at 10 a.m. at Mazeppa Park in Mooresville.

This clinic will also be the first one held by the health department after the state began allowing teachers or those that work in a child care setting within group three of the vaccination eligibility chart to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

"Any time additional individuals become eligible, we anticipate increased interest in our clinics," Megan Redford of the Iredell County Health Department said.

According to the ICHD, the clinic will inoculate 600 eligible people and will push the health department over 8,000 doses administered. 

Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Feb. 10 that teachers would be eligible starting on Feb. 24, and while Iredell-Statesville Schools was able to secure their own vaccination clinic, other teachers, such as those working at preschools hadn’t been able to locate a guaranteed dose.

As part of the announcement Tuesday, the ICHD revealed that all child care employees in the county, from those working pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, will now be eligible alongside all those 65 years old and older that still wish to receive the vaccine.

The vaccines will still be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on March 1. The online appointment system that the ICHD announced earlier this month has yet to be implemented, but Redford believes that will be up and running in early March.

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