Over half of N.C. adults at least partially vaccinated
Drew C. Wilson | Times
COVID-19 vaccine shots are distributed to nurses during a recent mass vaccination clinic for farmworkers at the Wilson County Agricultural Center.
RALEIGH — Half of adults statewide are at least partially vaccinated, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
More than 50% of all adults 18 and older in the state have received at least one dose with more than 43% of the adult population being fully vaccinated, the department said Friday.
“This is a significant milestone toward our goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and bringing summer back to North Carolina,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen, NCDHHS secretary. “While our state continues to making great strides in vaccinating as many people as possible, we still have more work to do to get more people vaccinated, reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring summer back to North Carolina.”
N.C. DHHS is sponsoring a campaign to increase vaccinations called “Bringing Summer Back.”
Cohen also encouraged people to get their shot to put the pandemic behind the state.
Pfizer will be presenting evidence about the safety of its COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year-olds to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee May 12.
The company hopes to receive emergency authorization approval for vaccines in children as young as 2 by September and for infants by November, it said in a statement.
People 16 and older are eligible to receive a vaccination. To schedule an appointment, visit www.MySpot.nc.gov. For more information about the vaccines, visit www.yourspotyourshot.nc.gov for English information and www.vacunate.nc.gov for Spanish information.
As of Friday, the state had administered around 83% of the total vaccines it had received, according to the N.C. DHHS dashboard. That’s more than 7.4 million doses statewide. Around 78% of people over 65 have received at least one shot.
Statewide, most people who have received their vaccine have been white, around 69%; and non-Hispanic, around 6.8%. Around 56% are female. Most are 65 and older, around 37%. The next highest percentage is among people 25-49 at around 30%.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 51% of the population are female and around 10% are Hispanic. Roughly 22% are Black and around 71% are white.
More than 366,000 Wake County citizens have been fully vaccinated by health departments, pharmacies, private doctor offices and other providers across the state. Around 33% of the population is fully vaccinated.
More than 18,000 doses have been administered to Franklin County citizens. Around 24% of the population is fully vaccinated.
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