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As of midnight Tuesday, North Carolina had administered 95 percent of its COVID-19 vaccine supply, and state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen estimates it will be fully gone by the end of the day.
Cohen hopes the clearing of the backlog before the state is set to receive its next weekly shipment will demonstrate to the federal government that North Carolina is ready to raise the baseline on its vaccine allocations.
"I think we are making our strongest statement to the federal government that we can take on more vaccine and we need more vaccine," said Cohen.
The effort, however, required prioritization of mass vaccination events in the short-term, which resulted in some counties and other vaccine providers getting no or low allocations from the state this week.
One of those mass vaccinations will be at Bank of America Stadium this weekend. Atrium Health officials told WCNC Charlotte they hope to administer around 19,000 vaccines at the three-day clinic.
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