For those who are wondering when and how they can score a COVID-19 vaccine, Buncombe County has recently launched a vaccine dashboard, buncombeready.org, featuring graphics that show the total number of vaccines received and administered, the number of first dose appointments, and the waitlist numbers that are currently being scheduled.
As of the first part of February, residents in Group 1 (health care workers) and Group 2 (age 65 and older) are eligible to receive the vaccine. All appointments are being scheduled by the county, using a waitlist system. If you’re in one of the two eligible groups, and aren’t already on the waitlist, you can sign up online at buncombeready.org, or by calling 828-250-5000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. As vaccines are received from the state, representatives from the county’s Ready Team will contact individuals on the wait list via phone to schedule their appointments.
The county will open the waitlist to additional groups as vaccine availability permits. If you’d like to find out what group you’re in, visit findmygroup.nc.gov. On that site, you can also sign up to receive an email or text alert when your group becomes eligible for the vaccine. If you’d like to receive emergency texts directly from Buncombe County for breaking health and safety news, including COVID vaccine information, floods and other extreme weather information, county office closings, and traffic safety notifications, text BCALERT on your smart phone to 888-777.
To access the latest comprehensive state and county statistics relating to coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, testing, percent positivity rate, etc., please visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.