NCDHHS adds supplemental/booster dose and 5+ population data to the COVID-19 vaccine dashboard
November 24, 2021
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today added data on supplemental and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines to its vaccine data dashboard, which allows dashboard users to see the number of doses delivered after a recipient’s primary series.
Following the directions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these doses are listed as a state-level total: “Additional/Booster Doses Administered.” The information appears in the “Summary Data” tab in the vaccination progress summary section of the dashboard and replaces the “Total Doses Delivered” metric.
The number of people who received a booster dose includes anyone who has been fully vaccinated and received a new dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or a dose indicated as a supplement or booster dose by the person’s health care provider since August. 13, 2021. This date is the first of the CDC recommendations on supplemental doses and boosters. The total includes people who received booster doses and people who received additional doses.
This new dashboard statistic comes from the ability of the NCDHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS) to link data within and between the North Carolina Providers Program and the Federal Pharmacy Programs. This link allows NCDHHS to identify which individuals received a different dose after their primary series, even if those doses were administered through different programs. Those doses are added to the count of the additional/administered booster dose. Because the CDC system does not make this link, the total number of supplemental/booster doses for North Carolina is lower.
NCDHHS has also added an additional selection to the “Summary Data” tab of the province map on the vaccine data dashboard for “Population 5+ years.” This allows users to easily view information on the province’s vaccination map for vaccines administered to people 5 years and older.
This additional data will help NCDHHS provide greater transparency for pediatric vaccinations and supplemental and booster doses administered statewide.
North Carolinians can go to MySpot.nc.gov to find a vaccine location near them. The North Carolina Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567 can also help you schedule an appointment. It is open on weekdays from 7am to 7pm and on weekends from 8am to 4pm.