By Outer Banks Voice on May 4, 2021
About 47% of Dare County residents have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus — either with two Moderna or Pfizer injections or one Johnson & Johnson shot — according to new data compiled by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This information also breaks down the percentage of vaccinated residents in the county by zip code and by age group.
As explained by DHHS Communications Specialist Kelly Nettnin, the numbers are not exact due to such issues as address changes and discrepancies, and they are based on data from the 2010 Census. But they give a good sense of who has and who hasn’t rolled up their sleeves so far.
The Dare county community/zip code with the highest rate of full vaccination is Avon, where virtually all of the 400 or so residents there have received their shots. Tiny Waves is next with a 90% vaccination rate. At the other end of the spectrum, only about 20% of Stumpy Point’s estimated 225 residents have completed their shots. Wanchese is the next lowest, with about 22% of its population vaccinated.
On Hatteras Island, it is Hatteras itself that has the highest vaccination rate, at about 50%, although Salvo (about 47%), Rodanthe (about 46%) and Frisco (about 44%) are very close behind.
In the considerably more populous towns north of the bridge, Kitty Hawk, which shares a zip code with Southern Shores and Duck, leads the way with about 51% of its residents vaccinated. Nags Head is next, at about 49%. The zip code with the largest population, Kill Devil Hills, has about 36% of its residents fully vaccinated. Manteo trails closely behind, at about 32%.
The DHHS vaccination data by age group is broken up into five-year increments. Thus far, no one under the age of 16 has been vaccinated because a COVID-vaccine has not yet been approved for that cohort — although there are reports that a Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds is likely be greenlighted very soon.
The vaccination rate by age follows a logical pattern. Put simply, the older one is, the more likely he or she is to have visited the vaccine clinic as older Americans became an early priority for the vaccination campaign.
The vaccine rates for those in the age groups from 15-49 range from about 15% (ages 15-19) to about 30% (ages 45-49.) In the three age groups between 50 and 64, the vaccination rates are tightly bunched between about 36% and 39%.
But once you get to the senior citizens who are 65 and older, virtually everyone in Dare County is fully vaccinated, according to the DHHS data. The only group where there appears to be a few residents who aren’t fully vaccinated is comprised of those between 70-74, where the rate is about 94%.
The DHHS reported 3 new cases of COVID-19 on May 4, making it just 9 new cases reported over the past four days.
In its weekly update on the trajectory of the virus in the county, the DHHS reported that there were 44 cases of COVID-19 from April 26-May 2, up modestly from the 36 cases reported in the pervious week. More dramatic was the surge in the percentage of positive tests. For the past week, that number rose to 10.8%, up substantially from 3.5% the previous week.
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.
SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH