While AppHealthCare has been vaccinating all adults against COVID-19 in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany Counties, the rest of the state is now eligible as of today.

On Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, gave an update on the state’s current data, trends and vaccination progress as today marks the opening of vaccine eligibility for Group 5.

This means anyone 16 years and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccination is eligible to get one.

North Carolina continues to focus on distributing vaccines quickly and equitably.

To date, the state has administered over 5.2 million doses. 39 percent of those 18 and up is at least partially vaccinated, and 26 percent of those 18 and up have been fully vaccinated.

According to Dr. Cohen, North Carolina continues to see a decrease in COVID-like illness, and the trajectory of confirmed cases remains level. The state's positivity rate and hospitalizations are also level.

State health officials are continuing to monitor the presence of COVID-19 and its more contagious variants in North Carolina, which is why it is important to continue to follow the Three Ws—wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash hands often.