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Health officials warn the highly contagious Delta variant has caused a spike in new COVID-19 cases in Bladen County and across North Carolina. COVID-19 Vaccines are said to be the best way to slow new variants from emerging and reduce the spread the infections.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging COVID-19 booster shots for immunocompromised individuals.

As of August 16, 2021, according to NCDHHS the COVID-19 NC Vaccines administered in the whole state are as follows:

58% Adult Population Fully Vaccinated

63% of Adult Population Vaccinated with at Least One Dose

According to Bladen County Director of Health and Human Services Agency, Dr. Teresa Duncan, currently Bladen has 42% of the population vaccinated with one dose and 36% of the population has recieved two doses. 

Dr. Duncan said, “Bladen Health Department staff are preparing to administer the booster dose for immunocompromised  individuals.” The plan is to begin offering the booster shots this week.

The Bladen County Health Department offers COVID-19 Vaccines for ages 12 and older, Monday through Friday from 9 am until 4 pm. The department office is located at 300 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown.

The Bladen County Health and Human Services released the COVID-19 update for today which shows an increase in positive COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations. View the update below.

For more information visit: covid19.ncdhhs.govcovid19.ncdhhs.gov