Anyone who’s been watching the crowds packed to the rafters at the NBA or National Hockey League playoff games knows that most people across the country have pretty much forgotten about COVID-19.

However, on Wednesday, May 25, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) put out a lengthy press release reminding everyone that they’re still in danger of getting the disease.

For those interested in keeping up with COVID, here are some of the highlights of the department’s latest status report on the disease:

  • While North Carolinians gradually return to pre-pandemic life, this week there was an increase in reported cases and hospital admissions when compared with the numbers from last week.
  • Currently, 77 percent of the adult population in the state has been vaccinated with at least one dose.
  • 55 percent of those who’ve been vaccinated have had at least one booster shot.
  • 38 percent of children and teens have been vaccinated with at least one dose.

While there was a rush to get vaccinated when the vaccines first became available, currently, the vaccine rate in the state has fallen to a slight trickle, and appointments are readily available for anyone who wants them.

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The state’s focus this week is on getting younger kids fully vaccinated.

“Children ages 5 to 11 years old can receive a COVID-19 booster shot five months after the date of their most recent Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose,” the reminder from NCDHHS reads.

NCDHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley said in the release that it’s important to remember kids should get vaccinated for COVID-19.

“Summer brings vacations, play dates and family gatherings, and it’s important for everyone to stay up to date on their vaccines,” Kinsley said in a prepared remark. “Children ages 5 to 11 can now have the extra protection of a booster dose, which significantly increases protection against serious illness, hospitalization, death and long-term complications from COVID-19.”

The US Food and Drug Administration’s authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations are that children ages 5 to 11 get boosted.

State officials note that that advice comes at a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise once again in North Carolina.