NC Health Official: State Has Used 95% of COVID-19 Vaccine Supply
North Carolina’s top health official says the state has nearly exhausted its supply of first-dose COVID-19 vaccines.
State Health Secretary Mandy Cohen says 95% of those doses were administered last week. That number could reach as high as 99% by Wednesday.
“An incredible achievement that demonstrates to the federal government that North Carolina is ready to take on more vaccine," Cohen says. "And we need those additional vaccines now.”
Cohen says vaccinations ramped up last week after the federal government said future allocations would depend on how many doses the state had on hand.
Some providers received fewer doses than expected this week, due in part to last week’s push. Cone Health was forced to reschedule more than 10,000 appointments after not receiving any new allocations.
More doses from the federal government are scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Cohen says the state will distribute supply to each county based on population.