The Outer Banks Voice – COVID boosters are approved for ages 5-11


COVID boosters are accepted for ages 5-11

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice May 20, 2022

In Dare County, cases are increasing, but no serious illness

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that children ages 5 to 11 can receive a COVID-19 booster five months after the date of their last dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Here is the informations.

“The Food and Drug Administration’s clearance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 get a boost comes as COVID-19 cases rise again across the country. North Carolina.

“During the recent Omicron surge, those who were boosted were seven times less likely to be hospitalized and 21 times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those who were not vaccinated.

“Booster shots are available wherever COVID-19 vaccines are available and are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status. The Pfizer booster is the only brand currently available for children ages 5-11. Call ahead to make sure the location you choose has the age-appropriate Pfizer vaccine.

For more information on how childhood vaccines work and where you can find a vaccine or booster appointment near you, visit

According to information from the NCDHHS website, 55% of the state’s total vaccinated population received a booster and 77% of the total adult population received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. But among children and adolescents (ages 5 to 17), only 38% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The State of COVID Transmission in North Carolina and Dare County

While COVID cases and hospitalizations are currently increasing overall in the United States, there is no such increase in reported deaths nationwide.

In North Carolina, the same basic trends apply. According to the latest data released by NCHHHS, 23,021 cases of COVID were reported in the state for the week ending May 14, up from 17,486 cases the previous week, an increase of 31%. (To put this into context, in mid-January weekly cases peaked at 234,991, about 10 times the current total.)

Statewide, for the most recent week reported, 524 people were hospitalized with COVID, an increase of 22% from 431 the previous week. Despite these increases, COVID deaths in the state remain low and not increasing, with 12 deaths reported for the week ending May 14.

In Dare County, COVID cases have increased steadily but slowly, but without a concomitant increase in hospitalizations or deaths.

For the week ending May 15, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported 109 new cases of COVID. This is up from 96 cases the previous week and 75 the previous week. The encouraging news is that there is no one currently hospitalized with COVID and no COVID deaths have been reported in the county since January.

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Dare County Visitor Center

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review plans for an Outer Banks Events Center. The meeting will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building in Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Events Center is intended to provide a suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller trade shows, galas and many more. other uses. Learn more about visitor and resident benefits and how the event center is planned to complement the new Soundside Promenade being designed.

The staff will be at your disposal to answer all your questions. For more information, please see our Event Center FAQ Page.


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