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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace partners with Novant Health to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace, center, looks up during the National Anthem before a...
NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace, center, looks up during the National Anthem before a NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)(Brynn Anderson | AP)
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 9:49 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is partnering with Novant Health to address the hesitancy to get vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR, received his COVID vaccine on Tuesday at his race team’s shop in North Carolina.

He says it’s important to learn about the vaccine and for him to do his part. He’s encouraging others to get their shot “and help get us all safely back to normal.”   

There are significant hesitancy rates across communities, particularly among minority populations. Novant Health says its vaccination rate for Asian and Black patients at a community event is three times that of the general North Carolina vaccination rate.     

Wallace’s racing team 23XI Racing is co-owned by Michael Jordan and Cup driver Denny Hamlin.

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