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Gift-card incentive for vaccination has promising start in Forsyth
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Gift-card incentive for vaccination has promising start in Forsyth

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The Forsyth County Department of Public Health said Wednesday it has seen a promising response to the offer of $25 gift cards for people who get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

As of noon Wednesday, the department had handed out 164 of its allotment of 1,000 gift cards — 154 to people getting their first dose, and the other 10 to individual who drove others to the vaccination site.

Those drivers can receive a gift card even if they already have had their first dose. Drivers are eligible for a card for each person they bring to the county’s vaccination site.

The gift cards can be used anywhere a debit MasterCard is accepted. They are available only to people who get vaccinated at the health department. and not through Novant Health Inc. and Wake Forest Baptist Health facilities.

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Shontell Robinson, deputy county manager, said Wednesday that “many people who were vaccinated said they came specifically for the card.”

Each person’ss COVID-19 vaccination history will be checked before the shot is administered or the gift card is given.

The department provides vaccinations at its headquarters, 799 N. Highland Ave. in Winston-Salem. Appointments are available at Bit.Ly/FCNCCovidVaccine or by calling (336) 582-0800.

Walk-ins are accepted at the following times: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. The clinic closes for lunch from noon-1 p.m. weekdays.

The gift cards are available at a department vaccination site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Unity Wellness Center’s ‘You Are Not Alone’ event at Rupert Bell Park, 1501 Mt. Zion Place.

336-727-7376 @rcraverWSJ

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