The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today added COVID-19 vaccine administration data on additional and booster doses to its vaccine data dashboard, allowing dashboard users to see the number of doses administered following a recipient’s primary series.
Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s lead, these doses will be displayed as a state-level total — "Additional/Booster Doses Administered." The information is displayed on the "Summary Data" tab on the vaccination progress summary section of the dashboard and replaces the "Total Doses Administered" metric.
The count of people who received a booster dose includes anyone who is fully vaccinated and has received another dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or any dose that has been indicated as an additional or booster dose by the person’s health care provider, since Aug. 13, 2021. This date is the first of the CDC recommendations on additional doses and boosters. The total includes people who received booster doses and people who received additional doses.
This new dashboard metric comes from the NCDHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Management System’s (CVMS) ability to link data within and between the North Carolina Providers program and the Federal Pharmacy Programs. Through this linkage, NCDHHS can identify which individuals received another dose following their primary series, even if those doses were administered through different programs. Those doses are added to the Additional/Booster Dose Administered count. Because the CDC’s system does not make this linkage, its total number of additional/booster doses for North Carolina is lower.
NCDHHS has also added an additional selection to the "Summary Data" tab county map on the vaccine data dashboard for "Population 5+ Years of Age." This will allow users to easily view information on the county vaccination map for vaccines administered to people 5 years of age and older.
These additional data will help NCDHHS provide better transparency for pediatric vaccinations and additional and booster doses administered across the state.
North Carolinians can go to MySpot.nc.gov to find a vaccine location near them. The North Carolina Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567 can also help you make an appointment. It is open 7 a.m.–7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on weekends.