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Here’s what’s happening now:

The Wake County vaccination appointment system began Tuesday, and more people sought appointments than the call center and website could handle.

More than 30,000 on the waitlist in the first day: At the end of the first 10 hours, the county says more than 30,000 people are now on the waitlist.

Compared to the population of 65+… There are more than 120,000 people 65 and older, according to 2019 American Community Survey Census estimates, to get an idea of how many people that is compared to the overall population in Wake County.

When you sign up matters less: If you are seeking a COVID-19 vaccine through the county and couldn’t get through yesterday, know that will not be first come, first served.


First in line, the county said Tuesday, is those 75 and older who live in ZIP codes with high percentages of positive cases compared to the overall population. [more info]

What else to know:

North Carolina prisons are receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine doses. [WUNC] In Wake County, there are 67 active cases and 4 deaths at Central Prison and 49 active cases and 2 deaths at the state women's prison. 
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Community libraries are re-opening this month, following the regional libraries that opened in November. These smaller libraries will also open their doors for Express Service. See the full schedule and how it works at RaleighConvergence.com.

Students in Wake County are organizing to remove police from local schools. In the first of a two-part series, Raleigh area journalist Courtney Napier interviews young activists and looks at the history of racism and use of force against children at local schools by SROs. [Scalawag]


Pullen Park will host a series of free activities for kids, no registration required. [GoAskMom🌳
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