COVID-19 vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and protect people from serious illness, hospitalization and death. More than 4.6 million North Carolinians have been fully vaccinated. As of Aug. 5, 2021, we have identified 15,989 people infected with a post-vaccination cases since Jan. 1, including 523 hospitalizations and 92 deaths. These numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
Commonly referred to as “breakthrough cases,” these post-vaccination cases are expected, even with highly effective vaccines like the ones for COVID-19.
Of cases reported since May 6 – the date by which half of adults in North Carolina had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – 88% have been in people who were not fully vaccinated.
Further, when infections do occur after vaccination, they are generally less severe than infections in people who are unvaccinated, with 89% of COVID-19-related deaths since May 6 occurring in people who were not fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are working. They are the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and protect people from serious illness, hospitalization and death. But in the midst of surging infections, we need to use every tool we have to slow the spread. We need everyone to layer up to fight this more contagious Delta variant and weather the storm: Vax up, Mask up and urge others to do the same.
Vaccines are available for anyone 12 and older. Don’t wait to vaccinate. Visit MySpot.nc.gov to find a vaccine location near you.
The Jones County Health Department is committed to doing all we can to protect the health of the community during this pandemic. We have been working tirelessly since March 2020 to help slow the spread of coronavirus. We now have a new tool in the fight, the COVID vaccine!
Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine may call (leave a voice-mail) or e-mail the Health Department to request an appointment. Phone: 252-448-9111 Email: email@example.com