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New state incentives push those on fence to get vaccinated

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.

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Maggie Brown
, WRAL multiplatform producer; Aaron Thomas, WRAL reporter
APEX, N.C. — Vaccine sites were busier on Wednesday after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced they would be paying people to get their first COVID-19 vaccine shots.

WRAL News spoke with several people who came to get their shot a day after the $100 cash card was announced.

The cash cards are only available at certain locations during business hours. There's only two sites in Wake County offering the cash, compared to 15 in Durham County.

There's no vaccination sites in Johnston and Harnett counties, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

No appointment is needed.

State data shows vaccination rates have been steadily rising over the past couple weeks, as the Delta variant of coronavirus rages. Last week, more than 100,000 people received a vaccine.

Michael Harris, who lives in Raleigh, said he was hesitant to get a vaccination because he doesn't like shots. But the $100 cash helped push him to the vaccination site.

"It helps people to get the vaccine and it also provides people with some people don’t have much money or need a little bit of incentive to go," said Anna Hunter, who also got vaccinated in Apex on Wednesday.

Other residents aren't as excited with Gov. Roy Cooper's announcement that first-time vaccine recipients would get money.

"I was just doing it for the betterment of the community," said Zack Coble, who lives in Raleigh. "I would have taken that $100 three months ago."

He said that he did the responsible thing by getting a coronavirus vaccine as soon as he could.

"Now we’re rewarding irresponsibility which doesn’t seem fair at all," he said.

Coble believes that he should be given $250 for getting his shot early.


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