Cooper asks faith leaders to encourage their congregations to get vaccinated

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 10:09 AM EDT
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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

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