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Posted on: August 4, 2021

Media Release COVID-19 - August 4, 2021

For Immediate Release

08/04/2021    

COVID-19 Information

Phone: 980-432-1800
Website: www.rowancountync.gov/COVID-19
Email: covid-19@rowancountync.gov

Vaccine Information

Website: www.rowancountync.gov/COVIDvaccine
Follow Us: www.facebook.com/rowancountyhealth 

Rowan County COVID-19 Case Information: https://bit.ly/rowan-covid19-hub

North Carolina is Now Offering $100 Cards for First-time COVID-19 Vaccinations, and $25 Cards for Drivers

As part of its effort to help more North Carolinians protect themselves against COVID-19 and the highly contagious Delta variant, North Carolina is now offering $100 Summer Cards at some vaccine sites across the state to offset the time and transportation costs of getting vaccinated. 

From Aug. 4 through Aug. 31, the $100 Summer Cards are available to anyone 18 and older who gets their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating site—while supplies last.

"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.”

In addition to providing a $100 Summer Card to those who get their first dose of vaccine, North Carolina continues to offer $25 Summer Cards to those who drive others to their vaccination appointment. They receive a $25 card each time they drive someone to a first dose appointment at the completion of the vaccination. This helps offset the costs for those who help family, friends and neighbors find their spot for a vaccine and drive them to their shots. There is no limit on the amount of times someone can drive people to a vaccination appointment; however, a driver will only receive one card per visit. 

“This is an expansion of our successful $25 Summer Card,” said North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy Secretary for Health Kody Kinsley. "It’s a part of the nationwide effort to get more people vaccinated to stop the severe illness, hospitalization and death being caused by the Delta variant which, unfortunately, is now dominant in North Carolina. We know that many people want to get vaccinated but are concerned about taking time off work or can’t afford transportation. The $100 Summer Cards should be a big help.” 

Here locally, Rowan County Public Health will be offering this incentive program at all its COVID vaccination clinics. We will also be offering gift cards at all the walk-in clinics being hosted by Novant Health, which are held at the J.F. Hurley YMCA every Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. 

As of tomorrow, you can also receive a monetary gift card by visiting or bringing someone to our community vaccination event, which is being held at the Wallace Center from 10 am to 2 pm, This clinic is for everyone, but we especially hope that our local students and teachers will take advantage of this service. Please be aware that the Pfizer vaccine will be given at this clinic, which is safe for anyone twelve years old and older. It is also important to note that the Pfizer vaccine does require two vaccines to be considered fully vaccinated, so we ask that you plan accordingly.

  • Wallace Center (Clinic will be targeting teachers)
    Thursday, August 5th; 10 am to 2 pm
     Return Date for 2nd Vaccination: Friday, August 27th; 2 to 5 pm

In closing and with school beginning next week, please note that Rowan County Public Health in addition to hosting community vaccine clinics is also offering COVID vaccinations in-house on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings. If you and/or your child still need to get a COVID vaccine and you would like a little more money in your pocket, please feel free to call 704-216-8837 to make an appointment.

 

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Contact:
Amy Smith
704-216-8859
amy.smith@rowancountync.gov

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