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Nov. 30

  • Gov. Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen provided an update today on the state’s COVID-19 key metrics and trends and urge North Carolinians to get vaccinated this holiday season

    North Carolina is making progress increasing the number of vaccinated people across the state. Since Executive Order 224 went into effect requiring state employees be vaccinated or tested weekly, the vaccination rate has increased from 65% in mid-September to 76% at the end of November. State health facilities have required vaccinations for their workers to protect them and their patients, and more than 99% of those workers have now been vaccinated.

    Younger children are also getting vaccinated following the CDC’s recent recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 receive a safe and effective lower dose COVID-19 vaccine to protect them from serious illness and complications from the virus. In North Carolina, 13 percent of children ages 5 to 11 have already received their first dose. 

    Booster shots for those already vaccinated are widely available in North Carolina. The CDC recommends that everyone 18 years or older receive a booster shot to strengthen and extend protections against serious illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19. 

  • NCDHHS today announced the State of North Carolina has been awarded more than $38 million in federal funding to establish a new water assistance program for households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Beginning Wednesday, eligible households that have had their water services cut off or have received notice that their water services are in danger of being cut off can apply for assistance in paying their bill through a new federal program called the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).

Nov. 24

  • NCDHHS today added COVID-19 vaccine administration data on additional and booster doses to its vaccine data dashboard, allowing dashboard users to see the number of doses administered following a recipient’s primary series. Following the CDC’s lead, these doses will be displayed as a state-level total — "Additional/Booster Doses Administered." The information is displayed on the "Summary Data" tab on the vaccination progress summary section of the dashboard and replaces the "Total Doses Administered" metric.

    The count of people who received a booster dose includes anyone who is fully vaccinated and has received another dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or any dose that has been indicated as an additional or booster dose by the person’s health care provider, since Aug. 13, 2021, the date of the CDC's first recommendations on additional doses and boosters.

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