ASHE COUNTY — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to fluctuate, Group 5, anyone older than the age of 16, has become eligible for the vaccination. AppHealthCare has removed their interest form on their website and replaced it with a scheduling portal.

Anyone in Ashe, Alleghany and Watauga who are interested can find available appointments at apphealthcare.com.

“We are excited to open vaccine appointments to all individuals in Groups 1 through 5 as long as they meet age requirements for the vaccine — Pfizer for 16 and 17 year olds and all other approved vaccines for 18 years and older,” said Health Director of AppHealthCare Jennifer Greene. “If you are in earlier groups and would like your vaccine, we continue to have vaccine available for you. Since we have opened up eligibility, anyone can schedule an appointment with us online at AppHealthCare.com or by calling us at (828) 795-1970. We will continue to add appointments to our website so be sure to check back often. I know people may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and we want you to have answers. Please, take time to educate yourself by asking your healthcare provider, or going to reputable places online like CDC or NC DHHS, or call our AppHealthCare call center to get factual information because there is a lot of information out there that just is not true.”

As of April 1, there were 19 active cases in Ashe County, 61 in Watauga and 9 in Alleghany. Cases have totaled to 2113 in Ashe with 44 COVID-19 related deaths.

AppHealthCare has continued to administer vaccines to those eligible.

First doses totaled 5,935 administered and second doses reached 3,390 as of March 26 according to AppHealthCare.

John Hopkins University & Medicine has reported 131,419,173 worldwide positive COVID-19 cases as of 9 a.m. on April 5. 30,706,676 of those cases are in the U.S. alone. Deaths have totaled to 2,854,842.

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