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COVID-19: Doctor and senior adult, African descent patient, vaccine, masks.

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North Carolina is now lowering the age of who can get the coronavirus vaccine.

Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday that North Carolinians 65 and older will now be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The new state criteria now aligns with federal government recommendations.

It also removes college students from the list as a priority over the general public.

Some had been concerned the plan prioritized college students over other groups that are more likely to die if they get infected with the coronavirus.

Governor Cooper is asking local leaders to make it a priority to encourage county health departments to use all of the vaccine supply allotted to them.

While some North Carolina counties have used up their supply and are needing to be replenished, other counties have not been able to use up the supply they have.

North Carolina is ranked the 10th slowest state in the nation in administrating the vaccine.