LEXINGTON, N.C. (WGHP) — Governor Roy Cooper visited the Davidson County Health Department vaccine clinic today to see more people get their COVID-19 vaccines and discuss the Your Shot at a Million Summer Cash and College Tuition drawings.
“We need more people vaccinated to fully put this pandemic behind us, so we’re pulling out all the stops,” Governor Cooper said. “Getting your shot is a win-win situation. Even if you don’t get the cash prize or scholarship, you’ll still protect yourself and your loved ones from a deadly virus.”
‘Your Shot at a Million’ was announced last Thursday. North Carolina will be holding four $1 million cash drawings this summer, beginning on June 23 and running every two weeks through August 4.
Davidson County Health Director Lillian Koontz said Thursday she hasn’t seen demand increase since the announcement.
“I don’t know that it will make a difference really, right now we’re not seeing a great difference, we’re hopeful that it will, it’s an interesting place to be,” she said.
She said one of the biggest barriers is people not realizing how important the vaccine is.
“When they know someone who has been hospitalized, or ultimately lost their life due to COVID-19, all the sudden the vaccine is much more important to them. We’re still seeing folks like that trickle in also,” Koontz said.
Davidson County’s vaccine rate is approximately 32%, well below the state average.
North Carolina has distributed over 8.6 million doses of the vaccine. 55% of adults are at least partially vaccinated.
Thursday, Cooper also raised concerns about the spread of the Delta variant.
“We want people to understand this is coming, we could potentially have another surge because we still have about two and half million adults in North Carolina who are unvaccinated,” he said.
Visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov (English) or Vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish) to find the latest information on vaccine distribution in North Carolina. The state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline number is 888-675-4567. People can find nearby vaccine providers using NCDHHS’ online tool, Find a Vaccine Location.