All people age 16 and older will have a chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, starting Wednesday.
The vaccine was opened up to 16 and older in Harnett County on March 26.
“We remain focused on getting people vaccinated as quickly and as equitably as possible and continuing to slow the spread of the virus,” Cooper said. “The more people we vaccinate, the more we can safely do.”
To date, the state has administered over 5.2 million doses; 39% of those (aged 18 and older) are at least partially vaccinated, and 26% of those (18 and up) have been fully vaccinated.
“These tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will help us get back in control of our lives and back to the people and places we love – like safely hugging a grandmother, traveling to see vaccinated family or friends, or having a potluck dinner with your vaccinated neighbors,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen.
State health officials are continuing to monitor the presence of COVID-19 and its more contagious variants in North Carolina, which is why Cohen says it is important to continue to follow the state’s mask mandate and practice safety precautions, including the Three Ws — wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash hands often.
Cohen also provided an update on North Carolina’s data and trends.
The state trends for COVID-like illnesses decreased over the past 14 days. The state’s trajectory of confirmed cases over the past two weeks was level. The number of positive COVID-19 tests and hospitalizations in the state were also level.