N.C.’s daily COVID-19 case count drops, hospitalizations remain above 1K

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

COVID-19 shots likely here to stay; research points to need for yearly boosters

Novant accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccine availability in Charlotte

Walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic happening in Charlotte Thursday

DHEC officials say vaccine supply not an issue despite J&J vaccine pause

  VACCINE TEAM: Will my upcoming appointment to get the J&J vaccine be canceled?

  Woman gets J&J shot minutes before ‘pause’ was announced, CDC says side effects are extremely rare

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  NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace partners with Novant Health to address vaccine hesitancy

  Concerns after CDC puts ‘pause’ on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  Dozens of CMS schools to get ‘COVID-19 neutralizing’ air purification systems

  Local vaccine providers worry about hesitancy after Johnson & Johnson vaccine put on ‘pause’

  Pause in Johnson & Johnson use means big changes for clinics at App State and Lees McRae

  Carolinas halt administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine amid clot reports

S.C. immediately pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

South Carolina health leaders are immediately pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after a recommendation from the CDC and the FDA over blood clot issues.

  What to do if you’ve already received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Many people have questions as the U.S. is recommending a “pause” in using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

COVID-19 vaccines offered at Rowan Diagnostic Clinic and Livingstone College on Saturday

Rowan Diagnostic and Livingstone College are both offering the COVID-19 vaccination in separate clinics this week.

  VACCINE TEAM: How effective are the vaccines against variants?

Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked about a small Israeli study that found some patients fully vaccinated with Pfizer mRNA vaccines were later infected by the South African variant of the coronavirus.

  Pfizer and Moderna supply increases allow for walk-up vaccines in Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County hosting COVID-19 community vaccination clinic at Camp North End

  How a shortage of doctors impacts medical care in North Carolina’s rural areas

  Limited amount of appointment-free vaccines being offered in Charlotte Monday

SC bill would allow nurse graduates to help hospitals before being licensed

Duke requiring new, returning students be vaccinated against COVID-19

  Publix pharmacies in NC will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Monday

North Carolina residents can book coronavirus vaccine appointments at Publix pharmacies starting Monday, adding more options to a growing list of distribution venues.

  Vaccine hesitancy among health care workers raises concerns

Thousands of health care workers across North Carolina, charged with the care of patients, have declined to get COVID-19 vaccinations, even as eligibility has opened to the entire state.

CDC finds no reason for concern with Johnson & Johnson vaccine following limited reactions

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services worked with the CDC and Wake County Public Health Department to investigate the limited number of cases where reactions were reported with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  Charlotte woman anxiously awaits day in court as prosecutors deal with pandemic backlog

A Charlotte woman said she is frustrated she has waited more than two years for her day in court and worries that the coronavirus pandemic has only further delayed a trial.

  Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with too few primary care doctors, pediatricians, and OB-GYNs to care for residents

In 207 counties in 2018, there wasn’t a family, general or internal medicine doctor – the primary care doctors mainly for adults, according to an InvestigateTV analysis of federal data.

  ‘It feels good’: General public starts getting vaccine in Mecklenburg County

Some people in Group 5 were able to snag appointments at the clinic at Bojangles Coliseum on Wednesday.

  Appointments at Rowan County first-dose vaccination clinic aren’t filling up despite expanded eligibility

In Rowan County, a local official said that appointments for Thursday’s first dose clinic aren’t being filled very quickly.

  Gaston Co. family thanks social workers, long-term care employees for filling void during pandemic

Health care workers have been hailed as heroes during the pandemic for the sacrifices they have made to care for others. A Gaston County family is also thanking social workers and other employees of long-term care facilities for filling the void of not seeing their loved one in person for so long.

  Duke University experts weigh in on vaccine distribution, vaccine passports and more

A panel of Duke experts hosted a webinar on Wednesday where they discussed the coronavirus pandemic, along with topics such as herd immunity, vaccine distribution and the possibility of vaccine passports.

  COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens for everyone age 16+ in North Carolina

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will open to all North Carolina residents age 16 and older on Wednesday, April 7.

  Major Milestone: N.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility reaches everyone 16+ quicker than expected

Currently, more than 5.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in North Carolina.

  VACCINE TEAM: Can I get second vaccine if I tested positive after first?

We’ve had a few questions for our Vaccine Team as more COVID-19 cases are popping up across the country and across the world.

  COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the spotlight, literally, in Ashe County

COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been held in many unusual locations in North Carolina recently.

Mass COVID-19 vaccination events coming to Chester area in S.C.

MUSC Health is offering two drive-through and one walk-up COVID-19 vaccination events this week.

Weekly COVID-19 vaccine appointments available in Mecklenburg Co. starting April 7

Weekly COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available in Mecklenburg County starting April 7, officials announced.

  Chauvin trial causes stress and emotional trauma, but there is help

One NAACP leader says this trial brings up thoughts of bias, discrimination, and often strained relationships between police and community.

  Local groups work to help underserved, minority communities get equal access to vaccine

Starting on Wednesday, every adult and some teenagers in North Carolina are going to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.Now many local organizations are making sure underserved communities and minority groups have equal access to the vaccine.Latin American Coalition says the registrat

  Vaccine group 5 in N.C. opens on Wednesday: What to do if you still need an appointment

Group 5 includes anyone age 16 and up for the Pfizer vaccine, and anyone 18 and up for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson one dose shot.

  Carolinas College of Health Sciences launches new program in healthcare simulation

Carolinas College of Health Sciences is launching a new bachelor’s program in Charlotte. It will focus on healthcare simulation as there is a demand for more professionals who are trained to educate students and operate health simulation labs.

Fauci says federal government won’t mandate COVID vaccine passports

The White House has indicated that any potential passports would come from the private sector, with little direct involvement from the government.

  Two COVID-19 clusters identified at UNC Charlotte, involving 11 total students

The students are isolating and receiving appropriate medical care. The University is notifying all close contacts to begin quarantine and receive necessary testing.

  CLT Airport says some airlines may require proof of vaccine, gives other tips as travel increases

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport say some airlines may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination among several tips the airport is giving passengers as travel increases during the pandemic.

Crowds take to the skies after CDC changes regulations on travel

The CDC just revised its guidelines for fully vaccinated people. They now say you can travel inside the United States without having to quarantine or get mandatory testing.

  VACCINE TEAM: I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in March - should I be worried I’m not fully vaccinated?

The WBTV Vaccine Team has heard from several viewers after news broke that over 15 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine were contaminated in a Baltimore laboratory.

Wasted 15 million Johnson & Johnson doses affecting local South Carolina pharmacies

Preliminary investigations show this was all human error. Johnson & Johnson does not know when shipments will start again but the company says it will be able to deliver 24 million doses by the end of April.

Many rural counties outpacing NC cities in vaccinations

Many rural counties in WBTV’s viewing area are outpacing more populated counties in vaccination rates, according to NCDHHS data.

McMaster order aims to expand SC’s medical manufacturing industry

Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday announced a new executive order aimed at bringing more medical manufacturers, including those making personal protective equipment, to the state.

  StarMed enrolling kids for KidCOVE Moderna trial in Charlotte

StarMed says they are now enrolling kids between 6 months and 11 years old for the KidCOVE Moderna trial.

SC proposal would bar employers from requiring COVID vaccine

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a proposal to prevent employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers.

  Huntersville man speaks about hugging mother for first time in a year

Huntersville resident Steve Langley says he was able to hug his mom for the first time in a year this past week.

  ‘We would like to eliminate it’: Atrium Health discusses public health approach to violence intervention

Atrium Health is taking a public health approach to reducing the pattern of violence in the city.

  COVID-19 vaccine demand outweighs supply as eligibility expands to rest of Group 4 in N.C.

As more people are becoming eligible, some people in earlier groups are still struggling to find an appointment.

  Health officials warn against spring break travel, TSA continues to screen millions of travelers

Spring break is here and that means decision time for many families.Stay home or travel.Doctors say it’s still risky to travel even if you’ve been vaccinated. And they worry it could increase the spread of COVID-19. But many say that guidance isn’t stopping many from boarding a flight.“Were going

  Teen vaccine data showing effectiveness for 12-to-15-year-olds is encouraging for schools, experts say

Pfizer says the data shows 100 percent on the teens in the vaccine group did not catch COVID-19. Sinai calls these numbers preliminary. She says 2,200 participants is not enough to get an exact number. She says the real-world numbers will be close to 100 percent effective but not quite.

  Rowan man who lost both parents to COVID-19 says getting vaccine was an emotional experience

Man who lost both parents to COVID-19 gets second dose vaccine

  ‘Our road to recovery’: N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper visits two vaccination sites in Gaston County

North Carolina’s Governor and state health leaders made a stop in our area to see how vaccinations are going. Governor Roy Cooper visited two vaccination clinics in Gastonia this morning.

Under SAVE LIVES ACT Salisbury VA to Offer COVID-19 vaccine to all veterans, spouses, and caregivers

The Salisbury VA Health Care System will implement the SAVE LIVES Act on April 1. This will allow the medical center to vaccinate veterans regardless of enrollment status so long as they have an other than dishonorable military discharge, their spouses, and caregivers.

COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in 2020, says CDC

The agency said COVID-19 was the cause or a contributing factor in the deaths of around 377,883 people in the U.S. in 2020, or just over 11% of the estimated 3,358,814 total who passed away last year.

  Pfizer says its vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in the coming weeks plan to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators to allow emergency use of the shots starting at age 12.

  More people become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in North and South Carolina

Starting Wednesday, anyone age 16 and older can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine in S.C. Eligibility is also expanding to the next group in N.C.

  All South Carolinians will be eligible for vaccine Wednesday. Here’s what to know.

As more people become eligible for the vaccine, many will be going through the appointment process for the first time.

  Why Mecklenburg County lags behind others in COVID-19 vaccinations in N.C.

Data by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows Mecklenburg County is lagging behind in getting COVID-19 vaccines out to people.

Gov. Roy Cooper signs executive order to extend moratorium preventing N.C. evictions

The extension of North Carolina’s statewide residential eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021 coordinates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recent extension of the nationwide moratorium through the same date.

  UNC Charlotte urges student vaccinations, not required for in-person classes

UNC Charlotte is set to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students as they become eligible for a dose on Wednesday.

  All Mecklenburg County COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Bojangles’ Coliseum filled through April 12

The county is opening up more vaccine appointments for its Bojangles Coliseum clinic.

  Mecklenburg County opens COVID-19 vaccine appointments for all adults

The county opened up vaccine appointments on Tuesday.

Beloved R1 high school teacher, coach dies after battling COVID-19

Mr. Damien Jackson, known as Coach Jack at Dreher High School, died in the hospital Monday morning, school officials said.

  The ‘last responders’: A year later, the toll of a pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the number of Americans that have died continue to put a toll on those who work in funeral homes.

  Teens 16 and up ready to roll up sleeves in Carolinas, soon to become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

It’s a big decision for many teenagers. By next Wednesday, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to get vaccinated in the Carolinas.It opens up to everyone aged 16 and up in South Carolina this Wednesday. Shots open up to everyone 16 and up in North Carolina next Wednesday on April 7.But getting an app

  Some people in N.C. concerned Walgreens is scheduling 1st and 2nd Pfizer doses 4 weeks apart

Per the CDC, it is recommended that Pfizer vaccine doses are spaced 21 days apart and that Moderna doses are spaced 28 days apart.

UNC Charlotte to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students

UNC Charlotte is set to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students as they become eligible for a dose on Wednesday.

  Millions more across Carolinas to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine this week

Millions of more people across the Carolinas are expected to sign up for a vaccine as both states move forward with in the rollout process.

  N.C. businesses embracing first full weekend of eased COVID-19 restrictions

From bars, to museums, to gyms, and everything in between - businesses across the Tarheel state are enjoying more guests and for some, later hours.

  Bars, wineries enjoying expanded capacity thanks to fewer restrictions

Bars, wineries, and other late-night spots are welcoming the eased COVID-19 thanks to Governor Cooper’s latest executive order.

  100-percent capacity allowed in some places under N.C. order, several COVID-19 restrictions eased

North Carolina has majorly eased several COVID-19 restrictions, allowing for maximum capacity limits at some places under the current executive order.

  Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine? Ask the WBTV Vaccine Team

WBTV is the Vaccine Team and we’re here to answer any question you may have. Our team of journalists will seek the information and provide the most clear, concise and accurate answers for our viewers.

  South Carolina pharmacies ran out of Johnson and Johnson vaccine two weeks ago; struggling to get more

South Carolina went from a big shipment of Johnson and Johnson to barely getting an eighth of the first week’s shipment. It is caused struggles for local pharmacies trying to get their communities vaccinated.

  Charlotte pastor and wife surprised with bill for COVID-19 vaccine

Multiple people contacted the WBTV Vaccine Team after getting a bill from Novant for administering their vaccine shot.