NCDHHS urges vaccination for best protection against Delta variant

COVID cases remain high throughout the state

North Carolina is continuing to experience high levels of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among those who are unvaccinated due to the more infectious Delta variant, according to a release from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 8.

NCDHHS states the increase in COVID-19 rates due to the Delta variant is leading some business owners to require their employees to be vaccinated. Additionally, some are also requiring proof of vaccination for patrons. Vaccine verification is another measure that can help keep people safe.

According to NCDHHS, it is critical that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people get fully vaccinated to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and its more severe outcomes.

The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be remarkably effective. Nearly all cases of severe disease, hospitalization and death continue to occur among those not fully vaccinated. 

Recent data in NCDHHS’ weekly respiratory surveillance report shows that unvaccinated people are over 15 times more likely to die from COVID-19.

The release states “We need to layer up our protection to fight this more contagious Delta variant and weather this storm: Vax up, mask up and urge others to do the same.”  

To get a vaccine near you, visit MySpot.nc.gov (English) or Vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish), or call 888.675.4567.

You can also text your zip code to 438829 to find vaccine locations near you.

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