By Outer Banks Voice on June 14, 2022
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution for children under 5 years old and to ensure families across the state have the information they need to access vaccines for their young children. Children are vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus just like everyone else.
A vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years could be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as soon as this weekend, and vaccinations in North Carolina could begin the week of June 20.
“We have never stopped working to ensure that vaccines are fast, fair and everywhere for North Carolinians,” said NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley. “It is exciting that our best tool against COVID-19 – safe and effective vaccines – could soon be available to our youngest North Carolinians, and because of our preparation, on day one in all 100 counties.”
NCDHHS’ strategy for equitable vaccine distribution ensures vaccines will be available in all 100 North Carolina counties when the vaccine is authorized and recommended. All local health departments will receive vaccine, and more than 300 pediatric offices in North Carolina have enrolled to provide the vaccine and will be receiving shipments from NCDHHS over the next two weeks. Vaccine will also be available in family medicine offices. In addition, vaccines will be available in pharmacies for children 3 years and older.
For more information about how vaccines for children work and where you can find a vaccination appointment nearby, visit MySpot.nc.gov. The North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center can also help you make an appointment by calling 888-675-4567. The help center is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. Parents and guardians with questions about COVID-19 vaccines can also talk with their child’s health care provider.
Covid cases decrease in Dare County and Statewide
The newest COVID update provide by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the week of June 6-12 indicates there were 136 new COVID cases reported in that week. This marks a drop from 170 cases the previous week and is substantially lower than recent peak of 208 weekly cases reported on May 23. Three Dare County residents are currently hospitalized with the virus.
The latest COVID metrics posted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (for the week ending June 4) show 24,491 cases in that week, which is down from 27,552 the previous week. The number of statewide hospital admissions in that week did increase to 833, however, up from 735 the previous week.