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State working to clear up CDC data discrepancy

Posted January 21, 2021 5:30 p.m. EST
Updated January 21, 2021 7:59 p.m. EST

— North Carolina health officials are disputing the number of coronavirus vaccine doses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the state has administered, telling WRAL News the information most recently released is dated.

During a press briefing Thursday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said the state is reporting information to the CDC regularly, and officials are working to clear up the discrepancy in the numbers.

Coronavirus vaccinations in NC

According to state data, more than 570,000 doses have been administered. The CDC is reporting ony about 427,000 doses have been administered in the state.

Using CDC information, WRAL determined North Carolina's administration rate puts the state in the bottom 10; specifically, 44 states are outperforming North Carolina.

The administration rate is calculated by assessing the numbers of doses administered compared with the overall amount the federal government has distributed to the state. North Carolina's rate is increasing – now up to 38%, but that still puts the state at sixth worst. The bottom five include Alabama at 29%, Virginia at 36%, and California, Georgia, and Arizona, all with about 37%.

Looking at states with similar populations, North Carolina is better than Georgia but falls short of Michigan's 47%.

Some areas, like North Dakota, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia have given more than two-thirds of the vaccine doses they've been alloted.

As NPR reported, West Virginia's success is attributed to the fact it's the only state which opted out of using Walgreens and CVS to distribute the vaccine and decided to utilize locally owned pharmacies instead.

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