North Carolina has reached another milestone in the massive effort to get people in the state vaccinated for COVID-19. 

As of the last day of April, right at 50 percent of the people eligible for vaccination had been at least partially vaccinated.

 In other words, half of those 16 years of age and older in the state had been administered at least one dose of the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Just over 40 percent of adults in the state have been fully vaccinated, with either one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Local and state health officials are finding that the group of unvaccinated North Carolinians is a whole lot harder to convince to get the shot than those who did so in the initial wave of the vaccination program.  

Guilford County, like many local governments across the state, has started an ad campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated.

On Friday, April 30, North Carolina health officials sent out the latest state-related COVID-19 pandemic stats, which showed that over 49 percent of those eligible to get the vaccine had at least begun that process with a single shot. 

In other positive news, the number of people tested who were found to have the coronavirus is now at 4.8 percent.  Local, state and federal officials have stated that they want to see that number below 5 percent.  In fact, they see that level almost as a magic barrier – and, when the number comes in at over 5 percent, stricter anti-virus measures are often put into effect.

Health officials also warn that it is by no means at given that the disease will just “go away” over time if precautions aren’t taken.

In North Carolina, on the last day of April, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID was 1,101.  In recent weeks, that number has remained fairly steady, hovering around the 1,000 mark.