COVID cases down, Rockingham health head hopes parents will vaccinate kids 5-12 if Pfizer vax approved | News


But Wright is concerned about parent hesitancy.

“I do think parents will be somewhat reluctant,’’ he said. “My advice is to do your research through evidence-based journals and with medical professionals.’’

The health department is poised to get shots to the younger school kids who fill kindergarten through seventh-grade classrooms.

“Currently we are in communication with local health systems to provide onsite vaccinations,’’ Wright said about the possibility of delivering inoculations to school campuses.

The county faces a further hurdle: getting the majority of its residents vaccinated. A recent tally showed 45% of the county is fully vaccinated, about 41,000 of the rural region’s roughly 91,000 residents. Another 3,200, or 4% of residents, are only partially vaccinated, Wright said.

By contrast, the statewide average of vaccination of eligible adults is 65%, according to the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services.

School campuses have mostly seen declines in new cases and required quarantines since Sept. 27, according to Rockingham County Schools administrators.

Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3, 489 students and 20 staff were forced to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19. During that same time, 73 students and 3 staff were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

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