Special to Iredell Free News

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that more than 80 percent of adults age 65 and older in the state have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

“Achieving 80 percent of older adults vaccinated is an important milestone in our fight against COVID-19,” said NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen. “We are not done yet. Let’s continue to protect each other by taking our shot against this virus and bringing summer back to North Carolina.”

Vaccines protect people from COVID-19 and virus-related hospitalization and death. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic.

Those who are unvaccinated still need to wear a mask in public indoor settings and public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain physical distance, need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and need to participate in testing and screening programs. 

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available across the state. They are free to everyone. For those who still have questions, visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov to learn about COVID-19 vaccines and why these safe, effective shots are your best shot to getting back in control of your life and back to the people and places you love.

To date, the state has administered more than 8.3 million vaccine does. More than 77 percent of the population 65 years of age and older is fully vaccinated, and close to 54 percent of the North Carolinians 18 and older have received at least one dose.

To find a vaccine in your area, use the Find a Vaccine Location tool at myspot.nc.gov or call 888-675-4567. You can also text your ZIP code to 438829 to find vaccine locations near you.

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