NC to give out $100 gift cards in new COVID-19 vaccine incentive
Posted August 3, 2021 2:09 p.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2021 2:14 p.m. EDT
The state will pay people $100, at least in some counties, to get their first COVID-19 vaccine shot.
Gov. Roy Cooper mentioned the plan during an unrelated afternoon press conference, then the state's Department of Health and Human Services followed up with more details. The $100 gift cards, a boost from an ongoing program providing people with $25 gift cards, will be available starting Wednesday.
The program will last through the end of August, and the cards are available to anyone 18 or older who gets their first dose at a participating site. Those sites can be looked up online, and they're spread across nearly 40 counties in North Carolina.
There are a number of sites in the Triangle.
Dr. David Wohl with UNC says he’s noticed what has been motivating people to get vaccinated lately, and as he sees it, it has more to do with fear and less to do with incentives.
“I don’t think you’re going to be swayed by the incentives we’re talking about," Wohl said. "If we don’t see that motivate people, million dollar jackpots, it really does beg, 'what will it take?' It’s more fear that’s motivating people to do this rather than protecting their neighbors or not infecting their grandparents."
People who drive someone to get a vaccine can get a $25 gift card at these sites, and they can get the card more than once. That offer isn't available to Uber drivers or others paid to drive people to a visit.
“This is an expansion of our successful $25 Summer Card,” DHHS Chief Deputy Secretary for Health Kody Kinsley said in a release. "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.”
Meanwhile, a group is protesting a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, planning to march from the Governor's mansion to the legislative building in Raleigh on Wednesday morning.
In other incentives, the last drawing for the $1 million prize in the state's vaccine lottery is scheduled for Wednesday. North Carolina is awarding four $1 million prizes to anyone 18 or older who's gotten at least one vaccine dose and four $125,000 college scholarships to anyone 12 to 17 who's gotten a shot.
Here's where you can get a cash card in central NC
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human services is offering $100 cash cards for people getting their vaccine for the first time in certain counties. But, the amount of places offering the cash could depend on where you live.
|1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville NC 28301||August 11 - 13, 16, 17||8am-4pm||Cumberland|
|1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville NC 28301||August 14||10am - 4 pm||Cumberland|
|1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville NC 28301||August 3-5, 23, 24||9am-2pm||Cumberland|
|530 Spaulding St, Fayetteville NC 28301||August 28||10am-2pm||Cumberland|
|1095 Investment Blvd, Apex NC 27502||August 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30-31||1pm-5pm||Wake|
|2722 E. Main Street, Durham NC 27701||August 14||9am to 3pm||Durham|
|414 East Main Street, Durham NC 27701||August 2-4, 5-11||9am-4pm||Durham|
|610 N Alston Avenue, Durham NC 27701||August 14||1-5pm||Durham|
|1107 Holloway Street, Durham NC 27701||August 6||12-4pm||Durham|
|1102 Juniper St , Durham, NC 22701||August 10, 17, 24, 31||9am - 11am||Durham|
|703 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27704||August 4, 11, 18, 25||9am-12pm||Durham|
|2000 Avondale Drive, Durham NC 27703||August 13||12pm - 2pm||Durham|
|3022 Fayetteville St Durham NC 27707||August 8||10am-2pm||Durham|
|750 Stadium Drive, Durham NC 27704||August 20||9am-3pm||Durham|
|800 Clayton Road, Durham NC 27703||August 7||2pm -7pm||Durham|
|18 Weather Hill Circle Durham NC 27705||August 10||2pm-6pm||Durham|
|6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham NC 27713||August 4||12pm -5pm||Durham|
|2000 Chapel Hill Durham NC 27707||August 9||2pm-4pm||Durham|
|813 Darby St, Raleigh NC 27610||August 7||10am-1pm||Wake|
|3500 N Roxboro, Durham, NC 27704||August 5, 12, 19, 26||9am-12pm||Durham|
|1801 Glendale Dr SW, Wilson, NC, USA||August 5, 6, 10, 11||8am-5pm||Wilson|
|132 McIver St, Sanford NC 27330||August 28||10am - 4pm||Lee|
|Gilbert Patterson Memorial Library: 210 N. Florence St. Maxton NC 28364||August 19||12-3pm||Robeson|
|460 Country Club Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360, USA||August 2-6, 9-13||8:15am-4:30pm||Robeson|
|Lumberton Christian Care Center: 220 E. Second St. Lumberton, NC 28358||August 7||9am-2pm||Robeson|
|683 East Palmer Street, Raeford, NC, USA||August 2-6, 9-13, 16-18, 20, 23-27, 30, 31||8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri||Hoke|
|Hawk Eye Elementary: 4312 Old Maxton Rd, Red Springs NC 28377||August 17||9am-12pm||Hoke|
|Upchurch Elementary: 730 Turnpike Rd, Raeford NC 28376||August 12||9am-12pm||Hoke|
|4103 Fayetteville Rd, Raeford NC 28376||August 6||9am - 4pm||Hoke|
|Hoke High School: 505 South Bethel Rd Raeford, NC 28376||August 5||9am - 12pm||Hoke|
|314 S Magnolia St, Raeford NC 28376||August 4||9am -1pm||Hoke|
|SandHoke Early College: 1110 East Central Ave, Raeford NC 28376||August 19||9am -12pm||Hoke|
|211 Sports Complex: 3195 Red Springs Rd, Raeford NC 28376||August 7, 14, 21, 28||9am -12pm||Hoke|
Data comes from the NCDHHS website