NC counties with older populations, most healthcare workers are responsible for implementing COVID-19 vaccine

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – North Carolina counties with the highest complete COVID-19 vaccination rates to date have populations that overwhelmingly rank among the oldest in the state or have a high per capita number of doctors or nurses , a data analysis detected.

While evident on the surface, the numbers put the trend into a clearer perspective as we enter the third month of the massive statewide introduction of the vaccine.

There are a total of 25 counties where more than 5.5% of residents received both doses, according to a analysis by data from the Department of Health and Human Services updated Tuesday.

Of these, 21 rank in the state’s top quartile in at least one of several key measures: highest average age, percentage over the age of 65, or number of physicians, registered nurses, or licensed practice nurses for every 10,000 people.

This includes Orange County, where nearly 9% of residents have had the second dose – only Pasquotank County, with 9.4%, ranks higher. Orange County also has the highest number of registered doctors and nurses per capita in the state, according to employment data from the University of …

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