North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is convening the NC COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee to provide feedback to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) on its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. The Advisory Committee is comprised of stakeholders including public health experts, health care providers, advocacy organization leaders, and representatives of essential workers and at-risk populations. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide expert guidance on the development of the plan, support its successful operationalizing, and increase public awareness about vaccination activities, especially for prioritized and historically marginalized populations. This group is providing important advice to NC DHHS, but is not responsible for final determinations on vaccine prioritization groups, allocations, or logistics.

As the convener of this committee, NCIOM ensures that voices and perspectives of all committee members are conveyed to NC DHHS, which evaluates and incorporates this important feedback in their continuing vaccine planning process. We value the opportunity to be part of helping North Carolina’s plan have a sound base of science, equity, and operational feasibility.

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Advisory Committee Leadership



Arthur Apolinario, MD, MPH

Family Physician

Clinton Medical Clinic

Goldie Smith Byrd, Professor and Director
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Goldie Byrd, PhD

Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Wake Forest University


Leah Devlin, DDS

Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

Gillings School of Global Public Health

UNC - Chapel Hill


Project Director

Brieanne Lyda-McDonald

Brieanne Lyda-McDonald, MSPH

Project Director

North Carolina Institute of Medicine


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