HENDERSON — The Tri-County continues to lag the state average when it comes to residents getting their COVID-19 vaccinations, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports.
Warren County continues to lead the way for its neighbors, with 39.9% of its residents having received at least the first of the two shots necessary to make the Pfizer and Moderna variants of the major vaccines fully effective.
But as of Thursday, state health officials were reporting that 49.2% of North Carolinians ages 18 and up had received at least their first shot.
About 38.5% of Granville County’s residents and 36.3% of Vance County’s had gotten their first shot as of Thursday’s count. Nearby Franklin County continues to lag its Tri-County neighbors, with 34.0% of its residents having received their first shots.
The region likewise trails the state average when it comes to people completing the full, two-shot sequence of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or getting the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
State officials say 40.5% of North Carolinians age 18 and above are now fully vaccinated.
Warren County leads the region in that also, with 32.0% of its residents being fully immunized. In Granville County 31.0% of residents have received their second shots, versus 29.5% of residents in Vance County.
Franklin County again trails its Tri-County counterparts, with 27.3% of residents having second-shot coverage.
North Carolina’s pace-setters on the vaccination front continue to be in the Triangle and on the coast, namely Orange County and Dare County. The state reported that 57.3% of Orange’s residents and 56.3% of Dare’s have at least first-shot coverage, and 49.7% and 46.5%, respectively, are fully immunized.
On the other end, the most notable laggard remains Hoke County, in the southern part of the state. Just 18.3% of its residents have received at least their first shot and 14.8% are fully vaccinated.
Officials from the local level on up to the White House have acknowledged that the pace of immunizations has slowed even as the vaccines become more widely available.
“It wasn’t going to be easy to vaccinate the entire country,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told reporters on Friday. “But this is one of these all-hands-on-deck moments when each of us needs to look around in our communities, in our families, in our circle of friends and ask people if they have a plan to get vaccinated. And if they don’t have a plan, we need to ask them do they need information, [and] help them get information. If they need help making an appointment, you need to help them make an appointment.”
As for infections, state officials say much of the region is still experiencing significant impact from the coronavirus, with conditions in Franklin County being somewhat worse than in the Tri-County.
In the past two weeks, Warren County saw 16 new COVID-19 cases surface for every 10,000 residents. Vance County had 24 new cases in that time for every 10,000 residents, and Granville County 28.
Franklin County had 49 new cases for every 10,000 residents over the past two weeks.
State officials continue to monitor the long-running COVID-19 outbreak at the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, along with a new one at the Senior Citizens Home in Henderson that’s triggered two cases among staff and one involving a resident.
Franklin County as of Friday had active outbreaks at the Louisburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center nursing home, and at the Franklin County Jail. The one at the nursing home has triggered 21 cases, with 12 of those affecting residents. At the jail, two staff members and 73 prisoners have COVID-19.
The continuing outbreak at the Butner federal prisons remains at a low ebb, with eight inmates and one staff member having active cases of COVID-19 as of Friday.
There were no cases as of Friday in the state prisons in Warren and Franklin counties. The state’s Polk Correctional Institution in Butner had two active cases among its prisoners.
Since the start of the pandemic, the coronavirus has claimed 86 lives in Vance County, 80 in Granville County, 20 in Warren County and 49 in Franklin County.
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