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Individuals who are age 75 or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the states Phase 1B Group 1. Individuals must call the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 919-705-1800 to register for the vaccine. Call takers will complete the required paperwork over the phone that is required by the state of North Carolina. Call takers will be giving out appointments as doses are available. Once all appointments for current doses have been filled, call takers will start a waiting list. We will be serving first come, first served and if you are placed on the waiting list you will receive a phone call when an appointment is available. We are working with limited supplies of the vaccine, and are distributing shots as soon as we receive shipments of the vaccine.
We are only able to register individuals for appointments if we have a vaccine to give them. This is why the appointments are limited. Unfortunately, Wayne County does not determine how many doses of the vaccine we receive, or when we receive shipments. The state decides how many doses go each county and the vaccine is shipped directly from the manufacturer to the Health Department. We are distributing vaccines as quickly as possible as shipments arrive in the County. We ask that you be patient if you are on the waiting list, someone will call you as soon as we have a shot available to give you.
Many people are used to receiving their flu shot in a drive-thru setting, but the COVID-19 vaccine is different. First of all, we have to ensure that paperwork is filled out correctly so we can contact you for your second dose of the vaccine. More importantly, the COVID-19 vaccine requires clinical supervision for 15 minutes after receiving the shot. This ensures that you do not experience any side effects from the medicine. Supervision can’t be done well inside a vehicle and if there is a reaction, you need to be in a clinical setting to be better cared for.
The first supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine will go to hospitals, health departments, and other facilities to vaccinate those most at risk. We expect the general public to be able to receive the vaccine this spring as more vaccines are available. The State of North Carolina has released a phased plan for vaccinations that can be found below.
There is not enough vaccine for everyone in this phase to be vaccinated at the same time. Vaccinations will be available to groups in the following order.
Vaccinations will happen by group in the following order:
Those most at risk get it first. YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov is updated regularly with information about who can currently get vaccinated. Talk with your health care provider or employer about where your spot is based on your health and job status. How quickly North Carolina moves through each phase will depend on the available vaccine supply. Currently, supplies are very limited. The federal government notifies states weekly of how much vaccine they will receive. We find out the week before how many doses of each vaccine we will receive for the following week. This makes it difficult to know when we will move to the next phase. We hope to be able to move to the next phase (1b) early in 2021.
The federal government has purchased the vaccines and there will be no cost to individuals being vaccinated.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure all food and drugs are safe. The COVID-19 vaccines must pass clinical trials like other drugs and vaccines. The FDA checks the work and approves vaccines only if they are safe and effective. The FDA can get them to people faster through an Emergency Use Authorization. Like all vaccines, the FDA keeps checking safety through the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Healthcare providers are required to report serious side effects, or if someone gets seriously ill with COVID-19. There is also a smartphone-based health checker called V-SAFE that uses text messaging and web surveys to do health check-ins after people receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
More than 70,000 people volunteered in clinical trials for two vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) to see if they are safe and work to prevent COVID illness. Volunteers included Black/African American, Hispanic/LatinX, Asians and others. To date, the vaccines are 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no serious safety concerns noted in the clinical trials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure the vaccines are safe and can prevent people from getting COVID-19. Like all drugs, vaccine safety continues to be monitored after they are in use.
No serious side effects have been reported. But people have reported temporary reactions like sore arms, tiredness, and feeling off for a day or two after receiving the vaccine. These temporary reactions were more common after the second vaccine dose.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots a set number of days apart. You need two doses to build up strong immunity against COVID. The second shot will come about 3-4 weeks after the first. It is important to get two doses of the same vaccine.
North Carolina will use a secure data system called the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS) to make sure you are safe and get your second shot at the right time. When a person gets the first shot, they get information on when to come back for the second and they are asked to make a second appointment. People will also be given a card with information about which vaccine they got for their first dose and the date of that shot. They will receive an email notification with reminders for the second shot. The provider who gave the vaccine may also help with reminders for the second one. State and federal privacy laws make sure none of your private information will be shared. The shot you take and when you need the second is confidential health information that is carefully managed to protect your privacy.
No. North Carolina has no plan to require people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is possible that some employers or schools will require vaccines for their employees or students.
The federal government decides how many COVID-19 vaccines each state gets based on the state’s population. The vaccine is shipped directly to Wayne County from the manufacturer, and we have no control over the number of doses we receive.