COVID-19 Updates

 Vaccine Information for Biltmore Forest Residents
(updated January 15, 2021)

The State has re-calibrated its vaccination protocol, and Buncombe County residents 65 years of age and older and all health care workers are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine beginning February 1, 2021. 

From Buncombe County's Covid-19 Website

Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) had begun administering vaccine to those 75 years and older per the previous NCDHHS plan and is committed to providing vaccinations to those 75 years and older until Feb 1, 2021. BCHHS will continue to provide appointments to those over the age of 75 and will begin to provide appointments for individuals 65 and older starting Feb. 1, 2021.

Because vaccine supplies are currently limited, states must make vaccine available in phases. View the phases at https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/vaccines/NCDHHS-Vaccine-Infographic.pdf.

NCDHHS determines the vaccine allocation to counties. Current vaccine supply remains low. BCHHS will alert our community of available appointments as more vaccine doses are received.

Currently, all appointments for available vaccines have been scheduled. Community members can receive information about vaccination phases, available appointments, and how to schedule appointments by signing up for the COVID-19 email newsletter at buncombeready.org. Community members can also receive alerts to their phones by texting “BCAlert” to 888-777.

Earlier Vaccine Information from January 8, 2021

Buncombe County residents 75 years or older may now begin requesting and registering for the Covid-19 vaccine online. The online registration offers opportunities to register for appointments through Jan. 29, 2021.

While it is uncertain the total number or type of vaccines Buncombe County Health and Human Services will receive from the state each week, a minimum of 500 appointments per week will be scheduled, with additional appointments added when state allotments of vaccines are confirmed.

Appointments for Buncombe County residents 75 and older can also be made by calling 828-250-5000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To help residents stay safe at home and prevent the spread of COVID-19, there is no in-person appointment scheduling.

Register Online

Buncombe County is following the State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for Covid-19 vaccination roll-out. Current vaccinations are for those in Phase 1B (75 years and older). Additional phases and registration details will be released in the coming weeks. Buncombe County's website has a tremendous amount of information related to the Covid-19 vaccination rollout, and the Town encourages residents to review this information BEFORE contacting the County or Town for additional information. 

 

Buncombe County Covid-19 Vaccination Information

 Town Remains Aligned with Governor Cooper's Executive Order

The Town of Biltmore Forest remains aligned with Governor Cooper's most recent executive order related to in-person gatherings and restaurant capacity. The statewide order limits indoor dining capacity to 50% and allows a maximum of ten (10) persons to be inside one area at any given time (subject to specified exceptions within the order). Governor Cooper and the Department of Health and Human Services have also asked that all people refrain from performing any non-essential activities in an effort to help slow the spread of Covid-19. 

Governor Cooper's most recent executive order, effective through January 29, 2021, may be found by clicking this link.

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