COVID-19 Vaccine

The Wayne County Health Department has been identified as a provider for the COVID-19 vaccine. We are excited that a safe and effective vaccine has been manufactured, and look forward to providing this free vaccine to anyone who wishes to receive it. 

It is important to note that vaccination is taking place in phases to ensure that individuals who need it most, receive it first. Below you will see the vaccination plan that the State of North Carolina has established for the COVID-19 vaccine. We do not make the decisions on who receives the vaccine first, that is established by the chart below. 

The federal government is responsible for ordering the vaccine and determining how many doses get delivered where. This means that the shipments come directly from the manufacturer to the Health Department. We estimate that the vaccine will be readily available for the general public by this spring. 

Current Phase: 1B

Wayne County is operating a COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 919-705-1800. If you do not speak to a representative, please call back until you do. We are experiencing high call volume and you may have to keep trying until you get a call taker.

Call takers will complete the registration paperwork that is required by the state, and will schedule an appointment if one is available. If all appointment slots have been filled, residents will be placed on a waiting list until we receive more doses of the vaccine. Keep in mind, supplies of the vaccine are limited and we are unable to vaccinate everyone at one time. Please be patient if you are placed on the waiting list and our call takers will call you back to schedule an appointment as soon as more doses arrive.

Phase 1A and Phase 1B Group 1 can currently register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1A includes health care workers at high risk for exposure to COVID-19. Phase 1B Group 1 includes anyone age 75 and older.

As we navigate through the ever-changing vaccination phase, we ask for your continued patience and understanding while we work to ensure that we vaccinate our residents as quickly as possible.