Medically at-risk North Carolinians can get third COVID shot

Maura Wozniak poses for a picture on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Huntersville, N.C. North Carolina health officials said Monday, Aug. 16 that medically vulnerable residents with certain health conditions can get an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Wozniak, a 43-year-old Charlotte-area resident with cystic fibrosis, said she didn't develop any antibodies after receiving the first two Pfizer doses. After speaking with her pharmacist shortly after the FDA approved the additional shot, she got a third Pfizer dose Saturday, Aug. 14 in Huntersville. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials say medically vulnerable residents with certain health conditions can get an additional does of COVID-19 vaccine.

Some in the state have already gotten a third Pfizer or Moderna shot after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it last week. Data from the state Department of Health and Human Services shows COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the share of tests coming back positive at their worst levels in more than six months.

Lack of demand for vaccines has contributed to tens of thousands of doses being thrown out.



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