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Vaccine events added to Cape Fear region, offer $100 cash cards for first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 2:19 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled more vaccine events offering $100 “Summer Cards” to anyone 18 and older who gets their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Events have been added that now include the Cape Fear region:

August 5 – 413 North Lee St., Whiteville, from 12 p.m.–8 p.m.

August 7 – 600 Pinelog Road, Whiteville 28083, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

All locations accept walk-ins and more event sites will be added.

The cards will be offered through the end of August at the following locations, while supplies last. The state will continue to offer $25 cards to anyone who drives someone to get their first shot, as a way to off-set any costs associated with the trip.

The state was previously offering $25 cards for those getting their first vaccine dose. North Carolina health officials say the expansion of the Summer Card program is a way to try and encourage residents to protect themselves against COVID-19 and its contagious delta variant.

State health officials say unvaccinated people are making up an overwhelming number of new cases and hospitalizations in North Carolina, which have risen sharply in recent weeks.

“Vaccination is how we end this pandemic and put our masks away,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “The Delta variant is highly contagious, and the vast majority of severe cases are among those who are not vaccinated. We are using every tool in the toolbox to get more people to get their shots — don’t wait until it’s too late.”

More than 61 percent of North Carolina adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 58 percent are fully vaccinated.

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