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Forsyth Public Health to give $25 cash card with COVID vaccinations

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health will begin offering $25 Summer Cards on July 20 to anyone 18 and older who receives their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine or who drives someone to receive their first dose. This will include vaccinations at the Public Health Department and at North Star LGBTQ Community Center and Rupert Bell Park next Saturday, July 24.

The Summer Card is a program of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services designed to offset the time and transportation costs of getting vaccinated. Forsyth County Public Health has received 1,000 of these cards. The cards can be used anywhere a debit Mastercard is accepted. Cards will be given while supplies last.

The cards will be given to individuals 18 and older who get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Johnson or Johnson) at a Forsyth County Public Health vaccination site, either at the health department or at a community vaccination event. 

They are also given to individuals18 and older who drive someone to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination at a participating vaccination site:

  • Only non-commercial transporters can receive a gift card. A transporter may not receive a gift card if they are being compensated for the ride (e.g., Uber, Lyft, taxi).

  • Transporters must provide a round-trip ride to and from the vaccine site.

  • Transporters must initial an attestation log and be accompanied by the individual who received the vaccine.

  • Transporters may receive no more than one gift card per trip even if multiple individuals are transported during one trip.

  • Vaccine recipients or drivers for second doses are not eligible.

  • Vaccine recipients or transporters ages 17 and younger are not eligible.  

Appointments and walk-ups for COVID-19 vaccinations are accepted during the week at the Public Health Department, 799 N. Highland Ave: 

  • Appointments are available at Bit.Ly/FCNCCovidVaccine or by calling 336-582-0800 from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Mon-Fri.

  • Walk-ups are accepted Mon-Tues. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The clinic closes for lunch from noon-1 p.m. 

  • After Saturday, July 17, weekend COVID vaccinations at the health department will only be held on the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-12 noon.

Public Health staff will be accepting walk-ups at their community vaccination events on Saturday, July 24:

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Unity Wellness Center’s ‘You Are Not Alone’ event at Rupert Bell Park, 1501 Mt. Zion Place

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at North Star LGBTQ Community Center, 930 Burke Street

Vaccinations are free and no ID or insurance is needed. The single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, for ages 18 and up, will be an option while supplies last. The two-dose Pfizer vaccine, for ages 12 and up, is also currently available.