State Expands COVID-19 Statistics With Added Info On Boosters And Children
One thing the coronavirus certainly does is generate a lot of statistics for people to absorb, and this week the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) broadened the categories of corona virus it attach.
The day before Thanksgiving, the NCDHHS added – to its online data “dashboard” – data on the COVID-19 vaccine for booster doses.
The new category allows dashboard viewers to see the number of booster doses given after a vaccinee’s first set of vaccines.
Booster doses are displayed as a total at the status called “Supplemental / Booster Doses Administered”. This information can be found in the “Summary Data” tab of the Immunization Progress Summary section of the dashboard. It replaces the “Total doses administered” category.
According to state health officials, the current number of people who have received a booster dose includes anyone who has been fully vaccinated and received another dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – or “any dose that has been indicated. as an additional or booster dose by the healthcare provider, since August 13, 2021.
This is the date the CDC first recommended additional doses and boosters.
The state’s Covid-19 information dashboard is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.
The new dashboard data comes from the ability of the NCDHHS COVID-19 vaccine management system to link data between the North Carolina Provider Program and federal pharmacy programs. Using this interconnected system, NCDHHS can identify which people received another dose after their primary series – even if those doses were delivered through different programs. These doses are added to the number of “additional / booster doses given”.
NCDHHS also added another new data point to the dashboard: “Population 5+ Years of Age”. This allows anyone to easily view information on vaccines given to recipients aged 5 years and older.