Raleigh, N.C. — More people in North Carolina are getting COVID-19 vaccines as the state continues to greenlight more providers to meet an increase in demand. In addition, the state is seeing a big uptick in doses shipped here.
Some figures from the state’s vaccine allocation report:
- North Carolina is seeing a 23% increase in new first doses allocated from the federal government.
- New data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows 2.3 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been administered through the state’s enrolled providers.
Coronavirus vaccinations in NC
- Last week, the state received 162,875 new first doses.
- The Department of Health and Human Services has approved many new providers, including smaller pharmacies that are getting 100 doses.
- Wake County has jumped from 11 to 27 providers of the vaccine.
- Durham County has gone from 6 to 11 providers of the vaccine.
- For the next three weeks (the weeks of February 22, March 3, March 10), the state is expecting to receive 200,120 new first doses from the federal government.
For the week of February 22, the state distributed vaccine doses to more than 450 pharmacies, health departments, clinics, hospitals and other locations.
Providers by county
Of the 171,250 weekly first doses to be distributed as baseline allocations, 151,150 are based on county population and 20,100 are for counties with higher numbers of unvaccinated adults who are over 65 years of age and from historically marginalized populations.
The other 28,870 allocations are purposed for helping balance doses across counties, newly-enrolled vaccine providers, state facilities, long-term pharmacies not participating in the federal long-term care program, and community vaccination events.
Many counties have seen big turnouts at vaccine clinics held at schools and event centers. Earlier this month, a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic at West Johnston High School reached capacity just 10 minutes after it opened.
Because of inclement weather last week, many providers will be receiving the allocations from last week in addition to their allocation for this week between February 22 and February 24.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper noted that while metrics for the state remain high, the latest update from the county alert system shows the lowest number of counties in the “critical/red” category since the system’s inception.