AppHealthCare and Toe River Health District expect to receive COVID-19 vaccines this week.

In a Saturday press release, AppHealthCare announced they anticipate receiving the Moderna vaccine for each of the counties it serves - 100 doses for Alleghany, 300 doses for Ashe and 600 doses for Watauga.

The first doses of vaccine will go to frontline healthcare workers who are at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure and those who are working and living in long term care facilities and group homes. Supplies will be limited at first but will increase throughout 2021.

The Agency will partner with hospitals across the district and will be following NC DHHS guidelines to determine who is eligible in each phase. At first, long term care facility staff and residents and healthcare providers who qualify for Phase 1a since they are at highest risk.

There are a number of long term care facilities who have already signed up and registered with a national partnership with CVS and Walgreens Pharmacy so their organizations will be vaccinated through that program. AppHealthCare will be responsible for vaccinating those long term care facilities who were not able to sign up with the national program.

Due to prioritizing the vaccine distribution, AppHealthCare will only be offering COVID-19 testing Monday December 21. Information will be updated online at AppHealthCare.com.

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Toe River Health District is also scheduled to receive its first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week. Since the vaccine quantity is still very limited Toe River Health will follow the state prioritization plan.

Diane Creek, Director at Toe River Health District, says those who wish to receive the vaccine should contact her by email, and she will determine which group you'll be in for prioritization. Creek will be the only person with access to the email account, and there is information you'll need to include.

You can learn more by visiting the Facebook pages of the Avery Health Department, Mitchell Health Department and Yancey Health Department. The latest updates from Toe River Health District are posted on those Facebook pages.