1 in 6 adults in North Carolina have received a COVID-19 booster
Written by BRYAN ANDERSON
New state data shows that more than 1.3 million of the approximately 8.2 million adults in North Carolina who qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot — or one in six eligible residents — have received additional protection against a virus. virus that killed approximately 775,000 Americans.
Information released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services also shows that about one in eight children ages 5 to 11 have been given a starting dose. Overall, 62% of North Carolinas eligible to be vaccinated came in for at least one injection.
“When people reunite with loved ones who keep them at bay or resume business trips, prioritize staying safe,” health officials advised last week. “Postpone visits until you are fully vaccinated and always check (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) travel guidelines.”
Unvaccinated individuals are more than five times as likely to get COVID-19 as vaccinated individuals and 25 more likely to die, according to the most recent monitoring report released by state health officials.
The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has fallen significantly from their peaks in mid-summer and early fall. The spread of the virus has remained stable in recent weeks, although transmission is still very high, according to data from the health department.
At a press conference earlier this month, Dr. Mandy Cohen, the state’s top public health official, said she had her 7- and 9-year-old daughters vaccinated within days of the Pfizer childhood vaccine becoming available. She encourages parents to talk to their child’s pediatrician about any concerns.
Since November 13, every adult who has brought someone to one of the nine family vaccination sites their first dose qualified for a $25 reward. The promotion lasts until Thursday.
Photo via the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.