Cooper asks faith leaders to encourage their congregations to get vaccinated
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - Gov. Roy Cooper is urging faith leaders across the state to encourage their congregations to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Faith leaders from all religious backgrounds can be trusted figures in their communities. Their word can go a long way in encouraging people to talk with doctors and understand that vaccines are safe,” Cooper said during a news conference Tuesday. “NCDHHS Healthier Together team can help houses of worship sponsor their own vaccine clinics. We’re grateful for the faith leaders who are ministering to their congregations by helping to save lives and getting more people vaccinated. We’ll continue to support them however we can.”
Cooper and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen released the following open letter to faith leaders:
Vaccination rate updates
According to state health leaders, 87 percent of North Carolinians ages 65 and over are full vaccinated.
Of those ages 18 and older, 63 percent are full vaccinated, as well as 61 percent of those 12 and older.
Percentage of North Carolinians full vaccinated by age group:
Ages 12-17 38 percent
Ages 18-24 42 percent
Ages 25-49 51 percent
Ages 50-64 65 percent
Ages 65-74 83 percent
Ages 75+ 86 percent
Copyright 2021 WECT. All rights reserved.