The Wayne County Health Department will begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday for anyone ages 16 to 64 with one or more high-risk medical conditions for severe disease.

The conditions include asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, sickle cell disease, obesity or smoking.

The announcement by the county health department on Friday conforms with an updated timeline from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for vaccinating people in what is classified as Group 4.

The remainder of the individuals in Group 4, which includes essential workers not yet vaccinated, will become eligible on April 7.

To learn more about who is eligible under Group 4, NCDHHS has released information at https://bit.ly/3evn8V2.

Appointments are required for all vaccines with the Wayne County Health Department. Those in Group 4 must wait until they are eligible to register for an appointment.

For those in an eligible group, the Wayne County Health Department says it has made it easier to schedule an appointment for the first dose of a vaccine. Visit www.waynegov.com/vaccine and pick an available time to schedule an appointment.

If there are no open appointments, the health department advises people to check back regularly because additional appointments open based on the number of doses the county receives.

The Wayne County Health Department operates a vaccination clinic inside the former Bussmann building at 210 Dixie Trail.

The county vaccine registration hotline can be reached Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 919-705-1800.

The Wayne County Health Department is distributing only Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and has not received notice of receiving any Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

To find out what group you are in, visit findmygroup.nc.gov.