Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) announced that they will be opening additional appointments for the first three weeks of February for Groups 1 and 2 based on anticipated vaccine supply. Appointments will be available for scheduling beginning January 21 at 8:30 a.m. Earlier this month, MCPH updated its vaccination plan to align with new federal and state recommendations (see: current guidelines). Because vaccine supplies are currently limited, the vaccine distribution is being rolled out in phases.Group 1: healthcare workers with current in-person patient contact and long-term care staff and residentsGroup 2: anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situationMCPH is opening February appointments for the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Groups 1 and 2 based on the anticipated vaccine supply. Those interested can make an appointment here: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/83g1hcpv/. Please read the appointment instructions carefully. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 980-314-9400 and selecting Option 3. MCPH will attempt to return messages within 24-28 business hours. Instructions for making appointments are available at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19. If unable to secure an appointment right away, residents are encouraged to continue to check for updates. As more vaccines are made available, additional appointment times will be made available. Updates will continue to be made at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.Residents ages 65+ are encouraged to reach out to their primary care providers (if available) to discuss options for receiving the vaccine. Atrium Health and Novant Health are offering vaccines to eligible patients in Groups 1 and 2 by appointment.MCPH COVID-19 Vaccine clinics are being held at held at Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28205. Appointments are required for all eligible recipients.Mecklenburg County residents who need assistance with transportation to vaccine appointments, should contact the Mecklenburg Transportation System at: 980-314-7600. More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.