November 24, 2021 |New state data shows more than 1.3 million of the roughly 8.2 million North Carolina adults who qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot — or one in six eligible residents — have gotten the extra protection against a virus that has killed about 775,000 Americans. The information released Wednesday by the state Department of Health and Human Services also shows about one in eight kids ages 5 to 11 have gotten an initial dose. Overall, 62% of North Carolinians eligible to be vaccinated have come in for at least one shot.
November 29, 2021 | High Point University student Lisbeth Ramirez is being honored for her outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities that are committed to community engagement. Ramirez earned the network’s Community Impact Student Award, which honors one student leader at each member school. In her time at HPU, she has served the community as a Bonner Leader, an HPU program that supports local nonprofit organizations.
November 28, 2021 | The Cumberland County Department of Public Health will pay people $100 to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Over the next month, the department will hold 10 pop-up clinics aimed at vaccinating low-income adults who are among the Family Planning Medicaid population.
COVID-19 Vaccine Appears Well Tolerated in Patients with RCC, Melanoma Receiving Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors
November 19, 2021 | Patients receiving immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) or melanoma were able to safely tolerate the COVID-19 vaccine, according to findings from a retrospective chart review presented during the 2021 SITC Annual Meeting. COVID-19 poses a significant threat to patients with cancer or receiving anticancer treatment, commented study co-author Hannah Dzimitrowicz, MD, highlighting the importance of being able to safely vaccinate this population. “In a solid tumor population at high risk for severe COVID-19 infections, vaccination is important to mitigate this risk,” said Dzimitrowicz, a medical instructor in the department of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.
November 19, 2021 | Womack Army Medical Center is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine at Fort Bragg clinics for children ages 5 and older. COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 to 11 began Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Joel Clinic and will be available for that age group at that clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a news release from the medical center stated.
November 19, 2021 | North Carolina health officials say any adult who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can get a booster six months after their second dose to help strengthen and extend protections against the virus. This comes after the Food and Drug Administration authorized the boosters for such use Friday.