There’s renewed hope over the last month as North Carolina has watched its number of coronavirus cases drop.
Gov. Roy Cooper shared what he called the “good news” at a media briefing on Wednesday.
Cooper says fewer people are requiring hospital beds and ICU care for COVID.
Gov. Cooper is also pleased that children as young as 5 will soon be eligible for vaccination.
NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen reminds the fight is not over.
Dr. Cohen went through the COVID-19 vaccine booster eligibility requirements:
- Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago should get a booster.
- Those who received a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and your second shot was more than six months ago, you should get a booster if:
- you’re 65 and older
- you’re 18 and older with a medical condition that puts you at higher risk
- you live or work in a setting that puts you at higher risk of exposure to COVID
While numbers are improving, state leaders urge North Carolinians “Don’t Wait to Vaccinate.”
71% of adult North Carolinians have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
According to Wednesday’s figured from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, 17,935 deaths in the state have been attributed to the coronavirus.