NCDHHS says new survey shows ‘clear and welcome improvement’ in vaccine attitudes

By on April 8, 2021


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on April 8 released the findings of a survey that it concludes “show a clear and welcome improvement in North Carolinians’ attitudes related to COVID-19 vaccine.” The online survey of 1,290 North Carolina residents was conducted from March 3-15 by the Artemis Strategy Group.

There are several key data points in the findings. In the new survey, 69% of respondents say they have received at least one vaccine dose, have an appointment to be vaccinated or say they “definitely” or “probably” will get a vaccination. That is up from 60% who were in those categories at the time of a November 2020 survey. In addition, 59% now they say they would tell a friend to get the vaccine as soon as it is available. That is about double the 30% who said that back in November.

There has also been a noticeable change in the perception of risks associated with getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In the new survey, 28% say they strongly agree with the concern about harmful side effects, a number that has dropped somewhat from 35% in November. Also those strongly agreeing with the concern that they don’t want to be a “test case” for the safety of the virus dropped to 26% in March from 41% in November. Here’s a link to all the survey results. recent public opinion research.

Dare County

Update: The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported only 1 additional case of COVID-19 on April 8, marking the seventh straight day that 5 cases or less have been reported.

Today’s statewide NC coronavirus numbers

  • Total reported NC cases – 926,897
  • New cases reported today – 2,087
  • Reported deaths – 12,224 (12 more than yesterday)
  • Currently hospitalized 1,004 (21 fewer than yesterday)
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 134
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 122 (10 fewer than yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 255 (4 more than yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 887,724
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 5,112 (Dare 3,005, Currituck 1,462, Hyde 645)
  • Completed tests – 11,598,519
  • Daily percent positive tests – 5.1%
  • Vaccine doses administered – 5,516,517

Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates the number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis.


Link to COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard






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