‘Your Shot at a Million’; Gov. Cooper announces millions in vaccine incentives as North Carolina vaccination rates flag

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WGHP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has announced new vaccination incentives for the state of North Carolina.

They plan to offer four 1 million dollar prizes over the next eight weeks. There will also be drawings for four college scholarships valued at $125,000.

Anyone 18 and over who have been vaccinated will be automatically entered. Drawings will happen every other Wednesday starting June 23 and ending August 4.

“Whatever motivates people, we want to do what works,” Cooper said Thursday.

This comes on the heels of other states such as Ohio, California and New Mexico offering similar incentives.

Currently 50% of North Carolinians are fully vaccinated, and 54% are partially vaccinated. In parts of Guilford County, including the Warnersville community, vaccine rates are far lower at about 25.9%.

Some people living in the area remain skeptical about getting a shot, and no amount of money will change their minds.

Rachel Barr said she’s concerned about the side effects.

“I’m at a place where I can’t afford to be sick or to be broken down. I have people depending on me, I’ve got to help my own family, I’ve got to help other families,” she said.

Others say the incentives don’t address mistrust in communities of color.

“We’ve been done so wrong for so long, tricked into so many things, especially the low-income class, so we don’t know, and we’re very scared,” Sharon Starnes said.

Cooper said if the program does spike demand, the state will provide supply.

“We have plenty of vaccines, they are easy, they are everywhere, we are ready we want people to come and get a vaccine,” he said.

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