Grocery store workers – some of the longest-serving front-line heroes during the pandemic – are now eligible to get the vaccine as North Carolina enters Group 3 COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.
Governor Roy Cooper opened up Group 3 Wednesday. The change allows essential front-line workers to get vaccinations starting March 3.
“It just feels like I can breathe easier now,” said Victor Rodriguez, an employee at Super Global Mart in Charlotte’s southeast side.
He and his coworkers were delighted to hear the news after working amid the transmission risks for an entire year.
“There were a lot of people who were scared for themselves,” he explained.
Some of his colleagues were forced to take time off because they were older and at an increased risk. Others who are younger battled through the fear of taking home the virus to their family without even knowing.
“One of the things they’re never going to shut down are grocery stores,” Rodriguez said as he explained the importance of serving the community through the pandemic.