North Carolina lags near bottom for COVID-19 vaccinations

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Less than half of North Carolinians eligible for a COVID-19 shot are fully vaccinated, even though there are more than 2.1 million doses waiting on shelves for residents to take.

Fewer than 118,000 residents came in for a first dose in the two weeks since the state announced four $1 million prizes would be given out to vaccinated adults.

North Carolina ranks 12th worst in the nation for the number of vaccines administered per capita. It is the second-worst among states with a Democratic governor.

Those lagging numbers were the context under which President Joe Biden visited Raleigh on Thursday to urge North Carolinians to come in for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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