State Weighing Incentives For COVID Vaccinations

State Weighing Incentives For COVID Vaccinations

As North Carolina continues to round the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, the state is keeping up its efforts to get vaccine shots in arms.

On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper said incentives appear to be helping get more residents inoculated.

A pilot program is offering $25 summer cash cards at select vaccine sites in Mecklenburg, Guilford, Rowan and Rockingham counties.

NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen says vaccinations are positively impacting the state’s COVID trends, with emergency room visits, hospitalizations, number of cases, and percent of positive tests all down significantly.

Dr. Cohen reminds those that are not vaccinated still need to wear a mask in public.

Gov. Cooper is also urging residents who have faced difficulties paying their rent and utility bills due to COVID-19 hardships to register for assistance through the HOPE Program.

According to Wednesday’s figures from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, 38,092 (30.9%) people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Wayne County.  34,084 (27.7%) county residents have been fully vaccinated.