September 9th, 2021
Vaccination is Your Best Protection as COVID Cases Remain High Due to the Delta Variant
North Carolina is continuing to experience high levels of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among those who are unvaccinated due to the more infectious Delta variant.
The increase in COVID-19 rates due to the Delta variant is leading some business owners to require their employees to be vaccinated. Additionally, some are also requiring proof of vaccination for patrons. Vaccine verification is another measure that can help keep people safe.
It is critical that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people get fully vaccinated to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and its more severe outcomes. The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be remarkably effective. Nearly all cases of severe disease, hospitalization and death continue to occur among those not fully vaccinated. Recent data in NCDHHS’ weekly respiratory surveillance report shows that unvaccinated people are over 15 times more likely to die from COVID-19.
We need to layer up our protection to fight this more contagious Delta variant and weather this storm: Vax up, mask up and urge others to do the same.