Press Releases

NC to Receive Authorized Johnson & Johnson’s One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Wednesday

Monday, March 1, 2021

North Carolina has another tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to protect against virus-related hospitalization and death. The federal government authorized the distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s (Janssen) one-shot vaccine and more than 80,000 doses are expected to arrive in the state this week, beginning on Wednesday.

North Carolina Top in the Nation for Vaccinating People 65 and Older

Friday, February 26, 2021

Kaiser Family Foundation ranks North Carolina as first in the nation for vaccinating the largest share of its 65 and older population at 49%. This rate does not include those in long-term care facilities.

NCDHHS Updates County Alert System, Shows Progress

Monday, February 22, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today updated the COVID-19 County Alert System, which shows 27 red counties — a decrease from 61 red counties on the previous Feb. 4 County Alert System — and the fewest red counties in the state since the start of the County Alert System.  


Weather Continues to Hamper COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments

Friday, February 19, 2021

Vaccine providers in North Carolina and across the nation continued to be hampered by delayed shipments and deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines due to severe weather. This afternoon, the federal government notified impacted states that vaccine shipments are expected to resume the beginning of next week.

Severe Weather Causes Delay in COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been notified by the federal government of continued delays in some shipments and deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine this week due to severe weather. Both first and second dose shipments have been impacted. The Department is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and vaccine providers to help minimize the potential effects of these delays.

NCDHHS to Continue to Provide Extra Help Buying Food for Approximately 860,000 Children Through P-EBT

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with NC Department of Public Instruction today announced it will begin issuing additional benefits on Feb. 19, 2021 through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. These benefits will be received over several days starting Friday for those who already have an EBT card for Food and Nutrition Services or P-EBT benefits.

NCDHHS Adds New Resources and Tools to Spanish Language COVID-19 Vaccination Website

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has added new resources to its Spanish language COVID-19 vaccination website, Protégete a ti y a los demás. ¡VACÚNATE!, including a new video on COVID-19 vaccines and tools for understanding vaccination groups and finding locations to get vaccinated.

NCCU ACCORD Research on COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Informs North Carolina’s Strategy for Equitable Outreach and Distribution

Friday, February 12, 2021

As part of its partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to research public attitudes toward COVID-19, the North Carolina Central University Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities' (ACCORD) new research study shows communication about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 coupled with local access to COVID-19 vaccination can significantly reduce vaccine hesitancy among historically marginalized people.

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases From Food Lion Through Instacart

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Starting today, North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) participants can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards through or the Instacart mobile app, providing access to an additional authorized online EBT retailer, Food Lion. This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with transportation and mobility barriers.

NCDHHS Reports First Identified Case of B.1.351 COVID-19 Variant in NC

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today reported the first identification of the COVID-19 variant B.1.351 in a North Carolina resident. The B.1.351 variant was first detected in South Africa in October and in the United States in January.