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Gaston County Public Health to Provide State-Funded $100 COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive

GASTONIA, N.C. – Starting this Friday, anyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine at Gaston County’s Public Health Department can get a $100 gift card for their time. The gift cards are funded by the State of North Carolina in an effort to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

In addition, anyone who drives an unvaccinated person to get their shot will receive a state-funded $25 gift card. Only one $25 card is given to the driver per trip. You must be 18 or older to receive the incentive.

The incentives are part of the state’s Summer Card program and come as Gaston County Public Health aims to boost local vaccination rates amid rapidly rising case counts in the community.

Currently, 37 percent of Gaston County residents are fully vaccinated and 40 percent are partially vaccinated against the virus. Statewide, 46 percent of the population is vaccinated. 

What’s good news, said Public Health Director Steve Eaton, is that the vaccines against COVID-19 are showing tremendous protection against the virus.

“The simple truth is the vaccines work,” Eaton said. “We are excited to be able to offer the incentive provided by the state in an effort to increase the number of our residents getting vaccinated.”

The gift cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The county’s Public Health Department will be posting to its Facebook page when more gift cards become available and when it has run out for the day.

The Public Health Department has all three vaccines – the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – available. The vaccines are free, regardless of insurance status. Those entering the health department will be required to wear a mask during the duration of their visit there.

Residents do not need an appointment to get a vaccine. They are available to any resident over the age of 12 Monday through Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the health department facility at 991 W. Hudson Blvd., in Gastonia.

More information about vaccination opportunities can be found at GastonSaves.com.

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