Press Releases

Statement from NCDHHS on FDA and CDC Paused Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has released the following statement regarding the CDC and FDA's joint statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: "Our primary concern is the health and safety of all North Carolinians. Out of an abundance of caution, we are following the recommendations of the FDA and CDC and have paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until we learn more. The safety system in place is working as it should. If you have an appointment for Pfizer or Moderna, please go to your appointment as planned. If you have an appointment for Johnson & Johnson, your appointment will be rescheduled."

CDC Finds No Safety Issues, Recommends Continuing to Administer Vaccine Following Limited Reactions at Wake County Vaccine Event

Friday, April 9, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wake County Public Health Department to investigate a limited number of reactions that were reported during Johnson & Johnson vaccinations at PNC Arena on Thursday, April 8. Analysis by the CDC did not find any safety issues or reason for concern; and the CDC recommends continuing to administer the vaccine.

NCDHHS New Data on COVID-19 Vaccine Adoption and Public Perceptions

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released findings from recent public opinion research on COVID-19 vaccine risks, rewards and vaccination motivations across the state.

National Report Features North Carolina’s Vaccine Equity Work as a Model

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

North Carolina’s work to reach underserved and historically marginalized populations and deliver equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines is a model approach for the country, according to a new report released this week by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA).

NCDHHS Highlights Oral Rabies Vaccination Program, Seeks Assistance to Ensure Continued Success

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health and Graham, Macon and Swain County Health Departments are asking anyone in these three counties who sees odd or sick-acting raccoons, skunks or foxes to call their local animal control or health department for collection and rabies testing. The testing is part of a larger effort to support the Oral Rabies Vaccination zone.

Positive Connections Play Vital Role in Building Safe, Stable, Nurturing Environments for North Carolina’s Children

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Highlighting the importance of healthy, caring connections and the presence of protective factors in families and communities, Governor Roy Cooper declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in North Carolina.

COVID-19 Support Services Program Connected More Than 35,000 Households With Needed Support to Help Them Isolate, Quarantine

Monday, March 29, 2021

Through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 Support Services Program, more than 35,000 households received relief payments, food, transportation to and from testing sites or additional supports to help them isolate or quarantine during the pandemic.

NCDHHS Pilots Home Testing Program with Labcorp to Increase Access to Testing

Friday, March 26, 2021

While vaccine supplies are limited, it is important North Carolinians continue practicing the 3Ws and get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms or have been in close contact to someone with COVID-19. To help reach those who are need of testing, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Labcorp, is piloting a program to provide 35,000 no-cost, home test collection kits to North Carolinians receiving Food and Nutrition Services and/or are disabled and experiencing barriers to getting tested.

NCDHHS Expands Data on Federal Programs on Vaccine Dashboard

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has expanded its vaccine data dashboard to provide information on people who have been partially or fully vaccinated through the federal long-term care and retail pharmacy programs. Users will be able to view information about who has been vaccinated through these federal pharmacy programs by county, race, ethnicity, gender and age group, and by week.

NCDHHS Announces New Resource for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new phone service helpline for family caregivers in North Carolina caring for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.