N.C. ranks 6th in nation for COVID-19 doses administered as 99% given out

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 14:35:48-05

North Carolina has now administered 99 percent of its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a release by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The state is currently ranked sixth in the nation for total doses administered, 12th for first doses administered per 100,000 people and 17th for total doses administered per 100,000 people.

“North Carolina vaccine providers have done a phenomenal job serving the people of our state. This is incredibly hard work, and they’ve shown that they are both up to the task and committed to partnering in new ways so that we vaccinate North Carolinians as fast as possible. These national rankings are the result of the strong work of our entire vaccine team,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen.

Under NCDHHS's new two-part vaccine allocation process, approximately 90,000 "baseline" doses will be provided to all 100 counties in the next three weeks, while 55,000 "set-aside" doses of the state's vaccines are going to counties with higher numbers of at-risk populations, vaccine providers serving rural and underserved communities and community vaccination events across the state.

Vaccine supply continues to be very low. There may be wait times. North Carolinians can find out when they will be eligible to get their vaccine through the online tool, Find My Vaccine Group.

North Carolina is currently vaccinating people in Groups 1 and 2, which include health care workers, long-term care staff and residents and people 65 and older.