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 CBS17.com 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 CBS17.com 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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