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Governor Cooper Pushes Vaccination Requirements and Urges Schools Districts to Keep Mask Mandates

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On Thursday, Gov. Cooper and NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 key metrics and trends.

“We know that keeping kids learning in the classroom is the most important thing for our students right now. Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask in public indoor settings and following the science is what we need to do,” said Gov. Cooper. “The faster we put this pandemic behind us, the sooner we can all rest easy and stay healthy.”

Currently, more than 95% of children are covered under mandatory mask requirements. Gov. Cooper thanked school districts who are requiring masks and urged the remaining districts to consider implementing a mask mandate.

While vaccines continue to provide the best protection from COVID-19, Gov. Cooper also highlighted treatment options such as monoclonal antibodies. Last week, the Governor signed an Executive Order to make it easier to access this treatment for people who have had symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days or less or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Read the Press Release.

Learn more about monoclonal antibody treatments.

Visit myspot.nc.gov (English) or vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish) to learn more about the state’s vaccine distribution.

Use NCDHHS’ online tool Find a Vaccine Location to find a nearby vaccine site.

Call the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 888-675-4567.

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