NC National Guard will expedite distribution of COVID vaccines

Governor Roy Cooper says the North Carolina National Guard will be mobilized to help counties increase the pace of vaccinations. The governor made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon following an appeal by Cumberland County Rep. Billy Richardson.

In a letter to the governor and legislative leaders, Richardson pressed for legislators to be called back for a special session to immediately pass whatever legislation is needed to speed up the process to get North Carolinians vaccinated.

“I beg and urge each of you-call us back into session NOW…

“Effort and sacrifice now will show that there can be bipartisan discussion and collective resolutions that do in fact address the well-being of all North Carolinians. This will set the tone for this session and years to come. We are facing a life-crisis moment that can be turned into an opportunity.”

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services the number of people who have gotten a 1st dose of COVID vaccine in our state is 109,799.

The number who have gotten both doses is just 461. (Note that there is a 21-day or 28-day period between when the the first and second dose of vaccine can be administered depending on which vaccine is given.)

Source: NCDHHS

An interactive map updated by the CDC shows nearly half a million vaccines have been distributed in North Carolina with 121,881 people receiving their first dose of the vaccine.


The move to engage the National Guard in the process may help improve those distribution numbers.

Since the start of the pandemic, North Carolina guardsmen have helped distribute over 7 million food bank meals and 15 million pounds of cargo as part of the state’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Governor Cooper and state health officials are expected to address questions about the state’s COVID response at a news conference Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Nicholas Brown, a junior at Jordan High School in Durham, has had the uncomfortable experience of be [...]

As the U.S. House impeached President Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection [...]

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore were re-elected to the top positions in their [...]

North Carolina, which remains one of the slowest states in vaccinating people for COVID-19, is facin [...]

The post Pin the impeachment on the Pachyderm… appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

It’s been less than a week since a mob of traitorous criminals, directly incited by the President of [...]

Voices that long abetted Trumpism seem to finally awaken as his backers storm the Capitol Mike Pence [...]

The COVID-19 pandemic is obviously one of the worst events to have struck humanity in modern history [...]