Forsyth County residents over the age of 75 will soon be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Beginning Wednesday, the county is opening up vaccine distribution to people ages 75 and older, regardless of health conditions. These people are considered part of Group 1 of Phase 1b of the state's vaccine rollout plan

According to a press release, individuals that meet the criterion can call 336-703-2081 to schedule an appointment. County officials say callers will need to be patient due to high call volume. 

Vaccinations for those in Phase 1a (frontline health care workers and long-term care residents and staff) will continue concurrently. 

Davidson County also began taking appointments for eligible residents in Phase 1b on Monday. Officials report over 1,000 slots were booked within one hour. 

AppHealthCare, the public health agency representing Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties, has not begun scheduling vaccinations for those over 75. But it is directing residents interested in being immunized to fill out this form to be notified when they become eligible for the vaccine. 

As of December 22, 63,571 North Carolinians have received their first doses of the two-dose vaccine series. 

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus in North Carolina, visit our Live Updates blog here. WFDD wants to hear your stories — connect with us and let us know what you're experiencing.

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