New coronavirus variant shows up in North Carolina

New coronavirus variant shows up in North Carolina

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday that the state had seen 1,280 of its doses of the coronavirus vaccine be rejected. "Our partners stepped up".

With a spike in positive cases and hospitalizations, North Carolinians are to adhere to the secretarial directive that remains in effect: People should stay home and only leave for essential purposes such as buying food, accessing health care, and going to school or work.

"Only 0.1% (or 1,280) of the 1.1 million doses that have entered the state so far have become unusable for any reason and we have not received any reports of wasted. significant lots, "the department said in a statement to The Associated Press". It is a marked improvement from two weeks ago, whereonly one fourth of their vaccine allocation had been used.

The NCDHHS will require providers to exhaust all of their first doses of the vaccine each week. Of that number, the state will earmark 84,000 first doses for local providers.

"Providers will be given a baseline amount of first doses that they can expect for the next three weeks", Cohen said.

Vaccines will be allocated to each county based on population and then divided among the providers based on their vaccine capacity. If they cannot do so, then they must transfer their unused allocation of the vaccine to another provider.

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State officials will also keep a supply of second doses on hand to make sure that the booster shots are available when it's time for North Carolinians to get the second shot in the series.

Health officials have said that early data suggest that the variant may be more contagious than other variants of the virus, but that the current COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be effective against it.

Groups 1 and 2 are now being vaccinated, including health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, and people 65 and older.

Officials say that North Carolina's goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly and equitably as possible and that local vaccine providers have worked tirelessly to ramp up and vaccinate people under hard circumstances. Phase 1A included frontline health care workers and residents over the age of 75.

The hustle to vaccinate as many people as possible comes as COVID-19 has claimed more than 2,000 lives in North Carolina since the first of January.

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