DHHS $25 gift card incentive expanding to Eastern Carolina

Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 3:25 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - There’s another incentive coming to Eastern Carolina for those who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The state Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its $25 Summer Cards program to 34 more counties.

Anyone 18 and older who gets their first dose, or drives someone to get their vaccination, will receive the pre-paid MasterCard.

Caitlin Martin said she, like many others, was hesitant to get vaccinated.

She says the main reason she waited to get her vaccine, she was nervous about the side effects from the shot but then realized getting the shot was more beneficial than not.

The Eastern Carolina counties included in the expansion of the pre-paid card incentive are Beaufort, Bertie, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Pamlico, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson.

Pitt County Health Director, Dr. John Silvernail said for some people who may be on the fence about getting the vaccine, getting a $25 gift card might be the thing that pushes them into getting it.

The state started the program last month in Mecklenburg, Guilford, Rowan, and Rockingham counties and have so far given out 1,700 cards to those getting their shots, while another 700 cards to drivers.

DHHS said a quarter of the people surveyed said the gift card was a very important motivation for getting vaccinated that day.

To find a participating location, you can click this link, or call 888-675-4567.

NCDHHS says if you drive for Uber, Lyft, taxi, etc. and accept outside payment for giving someone a ride to get their vaccine, you are not eligible for a gift card.

They also say if you are already vaccinated, you can still receive a pre-paid card by driving someone to get their vaccine.

On Wednesday, the first winner in the state’s million-dollar vaccine incentive will be announced.

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