COVID-19 vaccine

Davidson County is recording a less-than-1% increase week to week in the total number of those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

DAVIDSON COUNTY — Local vaccination rates appear to be reaching a near standstill, as county residents seem to be reluctant to take the shot.

According to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Davidson County is recording a less-than-1% increase week to week in the total number of those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. As of July 7, Davidson County has completed 61,248 vaccinations.

A total 34% of the population living in Davidson County are fully vaccinated and 36% of the population has had at least one dose as of July 7. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers someone fully vaccinated two weeks after they’ve been given a single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson or a second shot from either Pfizer or Moderna.

A variant of the virus reportedly more contagious and more deadly, the Delta variant is increasing in North Carolina and across the United States.

An update from the Davidson County Health Department last week indicated that a total of 49 new COVID-19 cases were reported from June 27 to July 7. Teams of health professionals continue to vaccinate individuals four days per week throughout the county.

As of July 7, the number of those who have died from COVID-19 reached 200. The state’s total number of cases has now eclipsed 1 million residents, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Center for Disease Control reports that cases of COVID-19 are up 10% nationwide, and an estimated 25% of the COVID-19 cases in the United States are Delta variants. Only 15% of cases in North Carolina are believed to be the Delta variant.

As of press time, there have been no reported cases of the Delta variant specific to Davidson County. The three vaccines have proven to be effective against the Delta variant, but since nearly two-thirds of the population is still not vaccinated, the variant still poses a viable threat.

On May 6, the NCDHHS announced that half of the adults in North Carolina had received at least one dose of the vaccine. That number has remained fairly stagnant since.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.