President Joe Biden visits North Carolina to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

Published: Jun. 20, 2021 at 1:16 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 5:57 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTV) - President Joe Biden visited North Carolina to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

President Biden was at the Green Road Community Center in Raleigh, highlighting the ease of getting vaccinated, encourage vaccinations, and mobilize grassroots vaccine education and outreach efforts.


On June 10, Governor Roy Cooper announced that he was launching four $1 million cash drawings as an incentive for North Carolina residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine and boost the state’s overall vaccination percentage.

“We’re pulling out all the stops,” Cooper said during a press conference at a vaccination clinic in Johnston County, North Carolina, where he announced 2.5 million adults still needed to be vaccinated. “People coming in today to get their first shot will be entered twice to the four drawings,” Cooper said June 18, days ahead of the first drawing.

The state has recently fallen behind the national pace of vaccinations with only 54 percent of adults who have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, That percentage is in comparison with nearly 64 percent of adults nationwide, according to state Department of Health and Human Services data.

“In North Carolina, we still have around 2 and a half million adults who are not vaccinated. Getting this life-saving vaccine to those people is critical for the health of our state and the health of our economy,” Gov. Cooper said.

As of June 21, over 2.2 million shots have been administered in North Carolina at over 1,400 local pharmacies.

The Biden-Harris Administration is delivering vaccine doses directly to 25 community health centers in the state, spanning over 50 sites. As of June 22, 63,700 doses have been delivered directly to centers in the state.

As of June 21, the Biden-Harris Administration has provided over $105 million to North Carolina to support vaccination operations in communities across the state. The administration has deployed over 240 federal personnel to North Carolina to support community vaccination centers, and provided federal funding for over 660 National Guard members to support the state’s overall COVID-19 response.

The Biden-Harris Administration stood up a FEMA vaccination site in Greensboro, North Carolina, which administered over 135,000 shots in arms.

To date, the mobile vaccination unit at Green Road Community Center has provided more than 4,000 COVID-19 vaccines at 30 separate events, targeting corporations and community organizations, with a special emphasis on historically marginalized populations.

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