HENDERSON — Though about a third of all Tri-County residents have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, only Warren County had bettered the statewide average for the percentage of people who’ve gotten a shot.
As of Tuesday, 37.6% of Warren County residents had received the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The statewide average is 37.0%.
Vance and Granville counties are lagging the state benchmark, with 32.9 and 34.8% of their residents, respectively, having gotten the first of the two doses it takes to make either the Pfizer or Moderna immunizations fully effective.
All three counties lag the state average of 27.6% when it comes to residents getting their second shots.
Warren County has 26.4% of its residents fully vaccinated, Granville County has 25.9% and Vance County has 24.6%, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
Granville-Vance Public Health Director Lisa Harrison reported this week that she and her staff “can definitely tell that demand for vaccine is dropping off” as “not as many calls are coming in to the hotline to schedule appointments.”
That prompted the department to offer a walk-in clinic last week that didn’t require participants to register in advance,” she said, adding that it wound up serving about 400 people, leaving plenty of doses of the Moderna vaccine available for clinics scheduled this week.
The Granville-Vance health department figures to “continue open-access” clinics at its offices, and to “become more mobile in our approach to smaller clinics,” Harrison said.
The worry about those is the possibility of some doses going to waste because they’re packaged in vials that contain 10 to 11 doses, she said, adding that vaccine makers may help with that next month by changing their packaging practices.
The state’s lowest vaccination percentages are in Hoke County, near the South Carolina border, where just 16.4% of residents have received a first dose and 12.3% have gotten their second.
Down on the coast, Dare County is setting the pace for North Carolina’s other 99 counties, with 54.4% of residents having received a first-dose shot and 40.3% their second. Orange County, in the Triangle, follows close behind with 54.3% of residents having first-dose coverage and 39.8% with second doses.
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