Nearly half of New Hanover County residents have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Posted May 27, 2021 at 4:26 pm     Category: News ReleaseOtherPublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Approximately 113,718 residents of New Hanover County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning more than 48 percent of the population is partially vaccinated against the virus. More vaccinations are correlated with the decrease in COVID-19 cases in the county, but health officials continue to urge residents to take the virus seriously.

“The number of cases of COVID-19 is decreasing, but we continue to have residents in the hospital, severely ill,” said New Hanover County Public Health Director David Howard. “About 40 percent of active cases are among people ages 25 to 49. This age range represents working and actively social people who may unknowingly continue to spread the virus. That’s why it’s imperative that everyone who can get vaccinated does so – to prevent more illnesses and prevent the opportunity for variants of the virus to develop.”

Over the last week, 82 COVID-19 cases have been reported in New Hanover County for a total of 19,563 since the start of the pandemic. Of that total, 19,127 people have recovered and 170 people have died from the virus. The resident who died this week was in their 80’s and at risk of severe illness because of age and underlying health conditions.

Public Health continues to offer walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics each week for people 12 and older and urges residents to be vaccinated to slow the spread and prevent variants of COVID-19. Upcoming COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics through Public Health will be held on the following days, and all sites will offer both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine to choose from:

Tuesday, June 1

  • Health and Human Services Building, 1650 Greenfield Street
    • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive
    • Hours: noon to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 2

  • Health and Human Services Building, 1650 Greenfield Street
    • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon

Thursday, June 3

  • Health and Human Services Building, 1650 Greenfield Street
    • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive
    • Hours: noon to 7 p.m.

New Hanover County Public health walk-up vaccination clinics serve first and second doses. Those who received their first dose outside of North Carolina must bring record of their first dose in order to receive a second dose.

Directions to vaccination site at Independence Mall: enter the main mall entrance facing Independence Blvd. and head toward the Belk wing; the vaccine site is located between Rack Room Shoes and Bath & Body Works. Click here for video instructions.

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To view the most recent COVID-19 case count data, vaccine information, and resources in New Hanover County, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus, call our Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800, and follow the county’s trusted social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor.

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