Gov. Cooper at COVID briefing:

Dangerous variants.
We're consulting with health experts. Science & data.
Soon we'll give you a forecast of things you can do safely for July 4th.
Lots of vax'd. We're doing better than even we predicted!

Convince friends & families to get vax.
Most common side effect of vax is pure joy.
I've seen sparkle in peoples' eyes when they get it.

Health Sec. Cohen:
Here are the metrics. Two green checks and two yellow lines.

We've added new colors to our color-coded county alert maps.
No red counties. Great news.

Fast & fair.
We've gotten national recognition for equity.
Anyone over age 16 is eligible for vax beginning tomorrow.
Only 2-shot Pfizer is OK for 16 year olds.
Our progress is due to all NCians.
National Public Health week. Thank you to all health workers.

WBTV reporter Q:
Did you think we'd be able to do it this quickly?

Trail of R&D of vax has been amazing story. Give round of applause to scientists - many in NC.
Vax are SO SAFE & SO effective beyond anyone's prediction.
More to do. Few more months to go.

Winston-Salem Journal reporter Q:
Concern about re-openings since late Feb/Mar?
Supply outpacing demand yet?

Numbers remarkably stable. We'll keep watching. We'll going to soon reach point where supply > demand so we'll ALL need to play a part in getting people vax'd.
CBS-17 reporter Q:
Vax passport update?

We think anyone who wants a record should be able to get it. Working on best & easiest way. That's something the state should do.

We collect info & folks should be able to access their info, too.

Follow-up reporter Q:
Why 18-49 year olds making up larger proportion of hospitalizations?

Cases now in less-vax'd population. Not surprising to see among un-vax'd pop.
NC doesn't see variants like other states are seeing.

N&O reporter Q:
What's plan if budget proposal $2.5 M for African-American monument doesn't get funded? What about confederate monuments in storage?

A lot of support for AA monument. It's in our budget. Hope it happens.
Historical Commission decides on statues.

Axios CLT reporter Q:
Is state telling people to go to other areas where supply>demand? Which counties have more supply?

We are one state together. Find 1st available appointment. Different areas have different experience & supply & demand.

Getting more primary care physicians to be vax providers along with pharmacies.
I was in Gastonia at a GP that was giving vax.
People trust their doctors. It will be important part of getting people vax'd.
WRAL reporter Q:
People having trouble with getting unemployment benefits. How big of a problem?

Everyone at Unemployment Division is working extremely hard to get benefits to people. New law & EO to help job search.
Appeals process is tougher. Must hire more lawyers.
Carolina Public Press reporter Q:
Gov't-mandated vax passports?

"Working on ways to easily provide a record of a vax to anyone who wants it."
Must be careful about civil liberties & privacy.

Follow-up reporter Q:
Is there a thresshold number of vax'd people to lift remaining restrictions?

We'll keep examining four data points. How pervasive variants are. Working on a prediction for July 4th.
We know people want to plan.

Briefing ends.

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Or, in lieu of gouging out your eyeballs, you can follow this thread.

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