north carolina covid-19

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More than 24,000 children in North Carolina have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine according to state health secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen.  The lower-dose Pfizer COVID vaccine got the green light for 5- to 11-year-olds  late last week.   

"The data shows that the lower dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine protects children from serious illness and there were no serious side effects," said Dr. Cohen during a media briefing on Wednesday .

BPR is answering listener queries about the Coronavirus in a new segment –Talk to Us: COVID Questions.  BPR’s Helen Chickering brings us this week’s answer.   

North Carolina’s statewide stay-at-home order will be extended for an additional week to May 8th.  Governor Roy Cooper on Thursday outlined a phased approach to re-opening the state should benchmarks be met on testing, contact tracing, and a downward trend of new cases of COVID-19.  Watch the briefing here