Stories tagged: "COVID"


NC officials are preparing to roll out vaccine boosters in the state, now that the CDC has approved the medicine. The booster shots will not be distributed in mass public settings the way the vaccines were, but will be available at doctors offices to those who qualify. (Image via AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The CDC Approved COVID Vaccine Boosters. Here’s How to Get One in NC.

NC officials are preparing to roll out vaccine boosters in the state, now that the CDC has approved the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson versions for fully vaccinated people.

Despite having asthma, Micah McClain was among the estimated 11% of Mecklenburg County residents that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers vaccine hesitant. Since contracting the virus and developing blood clots in his lungs, he wishes he would have followed experts' advice. 'If getting vaccinated would have prevented me from going to the hospital and dealing with what I had to deal with, I would have gotten vaccinated.'
I Said They’d Have to Vaccinate Me at Gunpoint. Then I Contracted Delta.

An estimated 11% of Mecklenburg County adults are vaccine hesitant. Micah McClain was among them until contracting COVID. He has a message for others.

NC officials are preparing to roll out vaccine boosters in the state, now that the CDC has approved the medicine. The booster shots will not be distributed in mass public settings the way the vaccines were, but will be available at doctors offices to those who qualify. (Image via AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
NC’s Black Communities Are Under-Vaccinated. That Makes Delta a Big Threat.

Black North Carolinians account for less than 20% of the vaccinated population. The unvaccinated are at risk from this new, aggressive, fast-spreading strain.

A vaccination clinic in Wake County this week (Pool photo by Robert Willett/News & Observer)
Masks Can Come Off in Most Places in NC, Gov. Cooper Announces

Gov. Roy Cooper rolled back many of the pandemic restrictions, while calling on unvaccinated people to wear masks until they get their shots.

A certified medical assistant prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The US took a major step in the pandemic this week by clearing the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12-15. (Image via AP Photo/John Locher, File)
This Duke Pediatrician Explains Why the Pfizer Vaccine Is Safe for Kids 12 and Up

Here’s what to know about how the Pfizer vaccine works in adolescents, and what to expect.

NC Gov. Roy Cooper during a December COVID briefing. States like NC have struggled to contain COVID-19 despite relatively stringent restrictions, but that might be a better reflection of population. (Image via Cooper's office)
NC Has a High COVID Death Rate Despite More Restrictions. Could Population Be the Reason?

There’s a lurking variable in states like NC that have a high COVID death rate despite more stringent restrictions.

National Guard soldiers assist by directing those arriving for vaccination appointments at Bojangles Arena in Charlotte, NC, the primary site of vaccine distribution for Mecklenburg County. (Image for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)
Biden Administration Sending More Doses of Vaccine to NC

NC will see an uptick in its weekly allotments of the COVID vaccine, as the disease continues to spread at high levels in the state.