NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 47.6 percent of New Hanover County residents are partially vaccinated against COVID-19, ranking New Hanover County seventh (tied with Buncombe County) in vaccine utilization. New Hanover County Health and Human Services’ 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.
“As we have seen throughout the pandemic, our community has taken up the call and rolled up their sleeves both literally and figuratively to get the work done to protect one another,” said Health and Human Services Director Donna Fayko. “But, there is still more work to do, and increasing the numbers of vaccinated residents is what will make our community, the spaces we enjoy and the people we love, safe from COVID-19. Even if you are young and healthy, and not concerned about the effects of getting COVID-19 yourself, please get the vaccine. The more people who are vaccinated, the more we prevent breeding grounds for variants of the disease to pop up and further increase the risk to those more vulnerable to serious outcomes. So, I urge our residents to continue to do your part and come visit a vaccination site to ask questions, get information and get your shot.”
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:
Monday, May 24
Wednesday, May 26
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.
New Hanover County COVID-19 Cases
Over the last week, 118 COVID-19 cases have been reported in New Hanover County for a total of 19,481 cases since the start of the pandemic. Of that total, 18,922 people have recovered and 169 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.
Citing declining case numbers and increased vaccinations, last week Governor Roy Cooper lifted most COVID-19 protective measures, including gathering limits and mask mandates in most areas for anyone who has been vaccinated. New Hanover County government has also lifted mask mandates and gathering limits for county facilities and properties. To learn more, click here.
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.