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Group 3 Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Individuals in Group 3, Frontline Essential Workers, are eligible to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina. This group is comprised of people who are at a high risk of exposure during their day to day job functions. If you are in Group 3 and would like to receive a vaccine, you have a few options. You can either receive the vaccine from Buncombe County HHS by signing up for our waitlist or, visit to find a vaccine provider in North Carolina near you.

In order to qualify for Group 3, frontline essential workers must be attending work in-person and work in one of the eight following essential sectors:

  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Essential Goods
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Government and Community Services
  • Health Care and Public Health
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation

Learn more about the specifics of who falls into each sector in the Group 3 Deep Dive.

If you are unsure about which vaccination group you belong to, check out and answer the short questionnaire to find out.