HENDERSON — At least 21% of the people living in Vance, Granville and Warren counties have received the first of the two shots required for the most common vaccinations against COVID-19 to reach full effectiveness.
Through Wednesday, at least 23.4 of the residents of Warren County, 21.3% of residents of Vance County and 21.0% of residents of Granville County were at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus, N.C. Department of Health statistics indicate.
Those numbers don’t include residents of long-term care facilities that have gotten their shots through a separate program administered directly by the federal government, the department said.
Percentage-wise, the Tri-County isn’t among the best or the worst when it comes to getting residents immunized. And its performance runs ahead of such urban communities as the Winston-Salem/Greensboro and Charlotte areas that have vaccinated large numbers of people but have many more they’re yet to reach.
Both the best and worst showings so far are in coastal communities. Dare County has 29.1% of its residents among at least the partially vaccinated, and Onslow County only 10.7%.
Franklin County’s immunization rate trails its neighbors, with first-shot coverage of only 16.3% of its population, again not counting those immunized through the federal effort targeting long-term care facilities.
There’s a bit more variance locally when it comes to full coverage. DHHS reckons 13.4% of Granville County’s residents, 12.7% of Vance County’s and 11.9% of Warren County’s are now “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19.
The Pfizer- and Moderna-developed vaccines require two shots, while another developed by Johnson & Johnson requires only one. The Pfizer and Modern versions are by far the most common in North Carolina, as to date the federal government has allotted to North Carolina and the state has received only 95,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
DHHS said medical providers, statewide, so far have administered almost 3.3 mission doses of any of the three vaccines.
The agency reported that at least 11.1% of Franklin County’s residents are now fully vaccinated.
Locally, the fully vaccinated numbers should increase substantially in the next week or so because the Granville Health System is planning a mass-vaccination clinic over the week for people needing their second shots of the Pfizer vaccine.
System officials said they figure to administer “more than 2,300” second-dose shots during the drive-in clinic, which will occur on Saturday in Oxford. They note that participation is by appointment only and that all the slots for the 12-hour event are already filled.
By the time the Saturday clinic is done, the system will have given more than 16,000 shots on its Granville campus, officials said, adding that they’ve hosted more than 30 immunization clinics since the vaccines began arriving in December.
“This canvas of work illustrates perfectly the importance and great need for rural hospitals and their role in promoting well-being, accelerating healing, and inspiring hope for the communities they serve,” Granville Health System CEO John Snow said.
To date, however, the virus has claimed the lives of 85 people from Vance County, 76 from Granville County, 18 from Warren County and 46 from Franklin County.
Infection rates have slowed in recent weeks. In the past two weeks, 188 new cases of COVID-19 surfaced in Granville County, 136 in Vance County and 59 in Warren County. There were also 288 new cases in Franklin County.
Since the pandemic’s start last spring, 5,451 residents of Granville County are known to have had COVID-19, along with 4,527 in Vance County, 1,666 in Warren County and 5,759 in Franklin County.
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