CARY, NC (WNCN) – North Carolina health officials say more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, and more than 500 people have died from the virus this month alone .
Wake County health officials partnered with Cary First Christian Church on Saturday to fight the numbers with a COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic.
“I have suffered losses from COVID and we don’t want this to happen to other members of our community. We really want to do our part in making sure that we spread the word about vaccine protection and get people immunized, ”said Cary First Christian Church Senior Pastor Mycal Brickhouse.
A senior Apex High School football player received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the clinic on Saturday.
“I heard the news that Wake County was going to start testing unvaccinated players before games, so I said it was time to go ahead and get vaccinated that way,” we don’t have to get tested, we don’t have the chance to get closed and we can play this season. It would mean a lot to play a final full season with my brothers, ”said Adam Sulaiman, Apex High School football player.
Others, already vaccinated but immunocompromised, stopped to receive a booster.
“I don’t want to pass it on to my family, to my friends, I have a 90-year-old mother, so I have to be safe,” said Roberta Walden, a resident of Cary.
“With the variant going around now, we have to be aware of what we’re doing with others, so I just want to stay safe and protect others,” said Arthur Walden, a resident of Cary.
Health officials say events like Saturday’s clinic are helpful, as the state’s vaccination rate has increased slightly, with 54% of the population having received at least one dose so far.
Church leaders say they want to keep this momentum going and increase the immunization rate even further. They plan to hold another vaccination and testing clinic in September.