COVID-19 in NC, confirmed cases, deaths, hospitalizations, data on race and age.
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Editor’s note: This article was initially posted at 10 a.m. on Jan. 14 but has been updated several times, most recently at 4:00pm on May 28—our final update on tracking vaccine supply in the state.

North Carolina receives three COVID-19 vaccines from manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. State officials receive a federal allocation amount every Tuesday and have until Friday each week to direct where doses should be delivered.  

Federal vaccination programs are not included in the state allocation. Vaccines are distributed through pharmacy partners such as CVS, Walgreens and federally-supported vaccine mass distribution sites.

The following map shows distribution and administration of first doses to providers by county as of May 19, 2021. Hover over a county to see the number of doses allocated to the county and the number of recipients of the first dose in the county.

Some counties may show administration in excess of their allocation because administration is documented by recipient’s county of residence. Individuals are permitted to receive the vaccine in any county, not only their county of residence. Not included are 58,773 North Carolinians missing county information and 80,535 out-of-state individuals missing residential information, per NC DHHS data.

Administration data may lag by 72 hours, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Allocation data is updated weekly, and this map includes state allocations through the week of May 24.

The state received a federal allocation of 9,200 first doses of either Pfizer or Moderna and 209,520 second doses for the week of May 19. The state received no new doses of Johnson & Johnson.

The state has administered 6,497,935 total doses through North Carolina providers and 1,743,478 doses through the federal pharmacy program.

Recipients of the Pfizer vaccine require a second dose 21 days after the first dose, and Moderna vaccine recipient require a second dose 28 days after the first dose. To date, the state has administered 3,746,841 second doses.

Distribution to long-term care facility staff and residents is managed by the federal government through a partnership with CVS and Walgreens.

For a list of vaccination sites by county, visit Find Your Spot. For answers to frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ.

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Laura Lee is the former news editor at Carolina Public Press.