Faith Leaders In an open letter to faith leaders on Sept. 21, 2021, Gov. Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen expressed their gratitude for the faith community's support throughout the pandemic response and asked for their help reaching North Carolinians who have not yet been vaccinated. The letter outlines actions faith leaders can take, including directing their congregation and faith community to trustworthy sources about COVID-19 vaccines, serving as vaccine ambassadors and hosting vaccination events. The letter is also available in Spanish. 5 Actions for Faith Leaders to Respond to COVID-19 NCDHHS recognizes the powerful role faith leaders play in our communities and congregations. We need your help to keep North Carolina moving forward. Below is a list of actions to consider to help protect our communities and stop the spread of COVID-19. *New resources have been added to this toolkit to help you protect your community and to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine. 1. Keep your congregation and faith community informed about COVID-19 vaccines and prevention. Vaccine communications toolkit for faith leaders is available in English and Spanish. Learn more. Share information about how to find a vaccination appointment. Tell people to visit MySpot.nc.gov to find a vaccine location near them or call 888-675-4567 for assistance. Share the At-Home Vaccine Providers list with anyone who is home with limited mobility and unable to get to an appointment. 2. Become a vaccine ambassador. Share your vaccine story and encourage your networks to share why they got or plan to get the vaccine. We’ve made it easy for you and others to support the effort. Use this tip sheet to record and share a video or photo. Become a Vaccine 101 presenter. Participate in a training so that you be a voice in your community. Use this presentation to guide your discussion. Partner with your local health department to schedule a vaccine clinic at your church or in your community. 3. Follow NCDHHS guidance for places of worship to protect your community. Review the most up-to-date Guidance for Places of Worship in English and Spanish. 4. Urge your congregation to get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms. It has never been easier or faster to get tested for COVID-19. If someone is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, then they should get tested. Encourage community members to checkout their testing options at ncdhhs.gov/GetTested. Help spread the word that no-cost, home testing collection kits are available for anyone who is receives Food or Nutritional Services benefits or may have a disability that makes getting to a testing site difficult. Visit https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/nc to request a free at-home testing kit, and it will be shipped by FedEx Priority Overnight shipping. 5. Help connect people to resources and supports. NCCARE360 is our statewide coordinated care network that connects people with community resources and support.