COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Ashe Memorial Hospital administered its first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to its frontline health care workers on December 22, 2020. To read more click here.
Due to limited supplies, the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolling out in phases and will be given out to those who are most at risk first. At this time, only hospitals and local health departments have received the vaccine. Supplies will increase throughout 2021.
We are currently in Phase 1b, Group 1, which means those who are 75 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation, are now eligible for the vaccine. Those who were eligible in Phase 1a, including health care workers who are higher risk for COVID-19 exposure and those living and working in long term care facilities and group homes, can still receive the vaccine. There is no specific timeline for when we will move into the next phase.
AppHealthCare has launched a COVID-19 vaccine interest form for anyone interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone can fill out the form regardless of what phase they fit into.
Those individuals who qualify for a vaccine in this next phase and have filled out the interest form through AppHealthCare, will receive an email or phone call through the health department to schedule an appointment. If you are eligible for the vaccine outside the current phase we are in then your information will be collected, and you will receive notification from the health department when it is your turn to get the vaccine.
There is no cost for the vaccine. It is free to everyone whether or not you have health insurance. For additional information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on the COVID-19 vaccine click here.