Vaccination rates and the need to get more people in Charlotte and the state vaccinated were on the minds of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, who was in town to meet with U.S. Rep Alma Adams, Governor Roy Cooper, and community health officials on Wednesday. Cooper stated that North Carolina is prepared to go to any length to ensure that residents get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Like many other states, North Carolina has implemented a variety of incentive programs, including a $25 cash card program and a statewide million-dollar vaccine lottery. The state held its second lottery drawing on Wednesday morning, and Cooper said the next winner would be announced in the coming days. Cooper said the state had observed a “sharp reduction” in immunizations before introducing the lottery program but that the fall has now leveled off.According to state statistics, around 46 percent of North Carolina people are now partially vaccinated against the coronavirus. It’s difficult to say what’s causing the drop in immunization rates, but the state is looking into it and exploring different incentive schemes. Individual interactions between friends, families, and family doctors, he continued, are fundamental in increasing immunization rates.