“Our trends are worrying,” North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said at a Tuesday press conference. “People are going to the emergency department and the percentage of positives is up. Many people are getting seriously ill with COVID.”
But Cooper said hope is on the horizon with possible FDA authorization for Pfizer and Modern vaccines.
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He said North Carolina is preparing to get the Pfizer vaccine, which requires ultra cold storage.
“We are a large state with rural areas that span hundreds of miles,” he said. “Everyone is important, and we will work hard to overcome the challenges that our geography presents.”
Cooper said the state hopes to get that version of the vaccine, because “Pfizer was the first to see authorizations. So we think that would be the one that would be available first and approved.”
He said that the number of doses was 84,800 which the state has said it will receive with the first shipment.
He said that this is what we are expecting at the moment.
Cooper stated that the shipment would take place as soon as the vaccine was approved and then a second allocation if available.
“We know that when we get the first vaccine, we will only focus on hospitals,” he said. “He is first with 85,000 doses.”
The state would then focus on people in long-term care settings.
After that, adults have two or more conditions that put them at risk for COVID-19 such as heart disease and diabetes will have access to vaccines.
Cooper said: “When we get the second vaccine, we will receive a weekly dose of both vaccines and we will work through our population, which we have prioritized. So we cannot properly say that we are two or When to meet with more adults. ” Conditions but we believe it will happen in January. ‘
UNC professor and former Wake County Health Director Drs. Leah Devlin is on the NC Institute of Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Committee.
Dr. Devlin said the committee helped determine who would get the vaccine first. The goal is to have 75% of people vaccinated in North Carolina.
Dr. “It will take a while before we can immunize everyone,” said Devlin. “We hope that by summer, we will have enough vaccine that whoever takes it will get it.”
Dr. Devlin emphasized the need to reach marginalized, traditionally unqualified communities and those who hesitated to vaccinate.
“We need to make sure that we are communicating well with the public, prioritized population so that people understand the information that it is a safe vaccine, an effective vaccine, and when your steps need to be taken and immunized. there is time.”
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Cooper said that as soon as possible state officials expect the vaccine to be in place next week, 15 or 16 December.
The additional allocation will be week to week.
Crucially, the governor assured residents that the vaccine would be free, even for those whose insurance does not cover it.
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