RALEIGH, NC, November 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To incentivize and reward North Carolinians for getting vaccinated against COVID-19, WellCare of North Carolina has partnered with community organizations across the state to provide a pair of shoes to children ages 5 to 17 who are fully vaccinated.

As new COVID-19 variants continue to spread North Carolina, especially in local schools, vaccination is a key factor in containing the spread of the virus and preventing serious illness and hospitalization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone be vaccinated from the age of six months.

WellCare by North Carolina partnered with Greene County Health Care Inc., Episcopal Farmworker Ministry’s Community Outreach Program, Hoke County Health Department, Gang Free Inc and Vance County Middle School to distribute 89 pairs of shoes to children participating in three events have been fully vaccinated. These events also included a pizza party, diabetes screenings, blood pressure screenings, haircuts, and other activities.

“Vaccination is the most important factor in preventing serious diseases and protecting our communities from the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Matthew OettingerWellCare by North Carolinas Vice President for Public Health. “By identifying and addressing other needs of our members, such as: B. Access to food, shelter, transportation, or in this case – clothing – we are able to collectively address social determinants of health and healthcare services, increase our members’ convenience and provide incentives to vaccinate.”

“Vance County Middle School truly appreciates WellCare for treating our vaccinated students to pizza and brand new sneakers,” said Shaleisha Richardson, social worker at Vance County Middle School. “Seeing the smiles on our students’ faces was such a great moment, it warmed my heart and the students were really grateful. You have no idea how much this gesture will affect our students’ confidence and self-esteem.”

Images and more details from the Shots for Shoes events can be seen on WellCare North Carolinas Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WellCareNC.

About WellCare from North Carolina

headquarters in RaleighWellCare by North Carolina provides federally sponsored managed care services for families, children, seniors, and individuals with complex needs primarily through Medicaid as one of the state’s prepaid Medicaid health plans (WellCare of North Carolina), Marketplace (WellCare of North Carolina from Celtic Insurance Company), Medicare Advantage (Wellcare) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Wellcare). WellCare by North Carolina is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading healthcare company dedicated to helping people lead healthier lives. Visit www.wellcarenc.com for more information.

Reference in this press release to any person, entity, activity, or service related to North Carolina Medicaid does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favor by the North Carolina Department of Health.

SOURCE WellCare from North Carolina