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Ouch! Animals get COVID vaccines at the NC Zoo

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The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro has administered first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to 33 of its animals.

The animals who received their first Zoetis shot, will get their second shot a few weeks later, just like humans who got the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Dr. Jb Minter, the Director of Animal Health at the North Carolina Zoo, says he is not concerned that zoo visitors would give the animals COVID, but that the animal’s care givers who have direct contact.

On this episode of Tested, WUNC's Leoneda Inge takes a closer look at how the NC Zoo is administering vaccines.

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Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.