Gov. Cooper visits NHRMC vaccine clinic, urges residents to get the shot


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper made a stop in the Cape Fear on Wednesday, with a focus on the pandemic and vaccination efforts.

Governor Cooper visited New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic, meeting those responsible for administering more than 108,000 shots. He had particular praise for those who are still working to get more people vaccinated.

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“To hear a nurse today who works full-time who then comes back and volunteers at a vaccine clinic is an astounding, amazing story,” Cooper said. “That’s just an example of the dedication of healthcare workers here and across North Carolina.”

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced a milestone on Thursday, saying 70 percent of North Carolina adults have received at least one shot. The governor though says this is still not enough.

“What we are encouraging employers to do is to say ‘you need to verify that you’ve been vaccinated or you need to get tested every week and you need to wear your mask,'” Cooper said.

Also joining the governor was Rep. Deb Butler, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, and New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple. All three echoed Cooper’s sentiments about the need to get vaccinated and the success of the hospital’s clinic.

“Please, come out, get vaccinated, and do it just as soon as possible, because the life you save might be your own,” Butler said.

“Please listen to your healthcare providers, to your doctors, to the medical professionals in this state and get vaccinated, and let’s whip this thing together,” Saffo said.

“108,000 vaccinations right here behind us, that’s great!” Zapple said.

Gov. Cooper says he looks forward to the day all restrictions can be lifted, but says that time has not yet come.

“We hope that that day will come soon, what we know is what gets that here faster is if people get vaccinated,” he said.

To date, North Carolina has administered more than 11.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 65 percent of adults fully vaccinated.

NHRMC is currently administering doses of all three major vaccines, and booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine.