The state of North Carolina, like many places across the country, is slowly but surely getting COVID-19 vaccinations into the arms of people.  In some cases, in fact, the state – with help from the counties, the federal government, local hospitals and drug store chains – is even getting the vaccines out quickly and surely.  As of Monday, March 22, there were 2,649,588 people in the state who had received at least one shot of the vaccine.

According to state officials, that’s 25.3 percent of the state’s population who now have some vaccine-provided immunity against the disease that’s caused major changes in how people in the state and the country live.

As of March 22, there were 1,460,412 people in the state who had been fully vaccinated.  That comes to just over 13 percent of the state’s population.  Though two of the three vaccines now available for use require two shots for full immunity, the evidence suggests that even people who have received one shot have a good deal of protection.

After vaccinations in the state began in December, the number has steadily climbed.  In early February, the state hit the 1-million mark in people vaccinated, and it reached the 2-million mark in early March.

Until now, the problem has been one of simply not being able to get enough vaccine; however, the situation is shifting from a supply problem to a demand problem.  Every day it gets easier to find “a spot for your shot” – however, there are a lot of people who, for various reasons, don’t wish to get vaccinated.  Health officials in Guilford County and in North Carolina are now turning more of their efforts to convincing those holdouts to get a shot.