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COVID vaccine & booster near me in North Carolina

Find and book COVID vaccine and booster shot appointments in North Carolina. Everyone 5+ years old is now eligible for the vaccine and booster. A second booster is available to those 50+, or those that are immunocompromised and 12+ years old.
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Walgreens Co.

Walgreens Co.

#15008
101 S Tryon St, Ste 22, Charlotte, NC 28280-0029101 S Tryon St, Ste 22
Open09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Mon09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Tue09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Wed09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Thu09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Fri09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Sat12:00AM - 12:00AM
  • Sun12:00AM - 12:00AM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Jun 29, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#04022
210 E. Trade St., Ste. E 186, Charlotte, NC 28202210 E. Trade St., Ste. E 186
Open08:00AM-07:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM-07:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM-07:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM-07:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM-07:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM-07:00PM
  • Sat10:00AM-02:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM-02:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Minute Clinic

Minute Clinic

#21271
210 E Trade St Ste E186, Charlotte, NC 28202210 E Trade St Ste E186
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
6 mon-55-11
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#07089
231 N. Graham Street, Charlotte, NC 28202231 N. Graham Street
Open08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM-06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM-06:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#11441
610 S. Caldwell Street, Unit 101, Charlotte, NC 28202610 S. Caldwell Street, Unit 101
Open10:00AM-06:00PM
  • Mon10:00AM-06:00PM
  • Tue10:00AM-06:00PM
  • Wed10:00AM-06:00PM
  • Thu10:00AM-06:00PM
  • Fri10:00AM-06:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Carole Hoefener Community Center

Carole Hoefener Community Center

610 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202610 East 7th Street
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church

Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church

727 West Trade Street, Charlottte, NC 28202727 West Trade Street
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Rao Community Health

Rao Community Health

321 W 11 Th St, Charlotte, NC 28202321 W 11 Th St
Open8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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  • Tue10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wed10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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  • Fri8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Fall Festival Of Charlotte

Fall Festival Of Charlotte

401 N Mc Dowell St, Charlotte, NC 28204401 N Mc Dowell St
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  • Sat12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Little Rock Ame Zion

Little Rock Ame Zion

401 N Mc Dowell St, Charlotte, NC 28204401 N Mc Dowell St
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Little Rock African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Little Rock African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

401 N Mc Dowell St, Charlotte, NC 28204401 N Mc Dowell St
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Little Rock Ame Zion Church Pop Up Covid Testing Event

Little Rock Ame Zion Church Pop Up Covid Testing Event

401 North Mc Dowell Street, Suite 241, Charlotte, NC 28204401 North Mc Dowell Street, Suite 241
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

The Salvation Army Center Of Hope Shelter

The Salvation Army Center Of Hope Shelter

534 Spratt St, Charlotte, NC 28206534 Spratt St
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#17319
900 Metropolitan Ave Ste 2, Charlotte, NC 28204900 Metropolitan Ave Ste 2
Open09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Mon09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Tue09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Wed09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Thu09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Fri09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM-06:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Covenant Presbyterian Church

1000 E Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 282041000 E Morehead St
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#03185
1533 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 282031533 South Blvd
Open08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM-06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM-06:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Moose Pharmacy Of Monroe

Moose Pharmacy Of Monroe

#3472418
215 East Jefferson Street, Monroe, NC 28203215 East Jefferson Street
Open9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sun9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Last updated Apr 5, 2021 12:00 AM

Walgreens Co.

Walgreens Co.

#17250
1728 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203-47281728 South Boulevard
Open08:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM - 06:00PM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Feb 18, 2022 12:00 AM

Charlotte Housing Authority Mobile Pop Up Event

Charlotte Housing Authority Mobile Pop Up Event

400 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203400 East Blvd
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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

Nalle Pharmacy

Nalle Pharmacy

1918 Randolph Rd, Suite 120, Charlotte, NC 282071918 Randolph Rd, Suite 120
Open10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
5-11
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM

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Latest COVID Vaccine updates

Jun 15, 2022
BA.4 and BA.5 — "sister variants" of the original omicron strain — are gaining prevalence in the U.S. and now account for about 1 in 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, CDC data shows. (Becker's)
Jun 15, 2022
COVID vaccines for kids under 5 move closer to FDA authorization after committee backs shots. The FDA’s committee of independent vaccine experts voted unanimously to recommend Moderna and Pfizer’s shots for use in infants through toddlers. The FDA will likely accept the recommendation and authorize the shots this week.(CNBC)

COVID Vaccine FAQs

  • Where can I get a COVID vaccine in North Carolina?

    The COVID vaccine is currently available to eligible individuals in California from most retail pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare centers, urgent care clinics, doctors offices and community vaccination hubs. Appointments are required at most locations.

  • Who is eligible to get the COVID vaccine in North Carolina?

    As of November 2, the Pfizer vaccine has received EUA from the FDA and approval from the CDC to vaccinate kids 5-11 years old. At this point, everyone 5+ years old in North Carolina are eligible for the COVID vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccines for children under 5 years old are still awaiting results of clinical trials and approval from the FDA.

  • When can my child get the shot in North Carolina?

    Clinical trials are currently underway to determine whether the vaccines are safe and effective for use for younger children 11 years old and younger. While it is possible that a vaccine will be approved for use in these age groups before the start of school in August 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently stated during a White House COVID-19 response briefing that there could be "enough information to be able to safely vaccinate children of virtually any age" by the end of the year, citing recent data from Pfizer on the safety and efficacy of its vaccine in adolescents. While these age groups remain unvaccinated, social distancing and masking policies will keep your child safe from infection. We will update this page as the situation develops.

  • What pharmacies are administering the COVID vaccine in North Carolina?

    Independent pharmacies, as well as regional and national chains, are administering the COVID vaccine across the country. Most are partnered with HHS directly to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the major pharmacy chains administering the vaccine with details on how to register for an appointment:

    • Albertsons. Albertsons will be making the COVID vaccine available at stores nationwide based on regional distribution and eligibility schedules. Appointments fill up fast and they will release appointments as they receive supply.
    • CVS. CVS stores nationwide are adding the COVID vaccine to their online schedule as it becomes available in each market, allowing people to schedule both their first and second doses (as applicable).
    • Costco. Costco pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. Register on their website. Note: Please do not contact the local Costco pharmacy as they are unable to schedule an appointment or provide current eligibility requirements.
    • Kroger. Kroger is partnering with federal and state agencies to deliver one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week across their pharmacies, clinics, and off-site events. Their website will be regularly updated with information on local availability.
    • Rite Aid. Rite Aid pharmacies are scheduling vaccine appointments in accordance with local and state eligibility requirements. Check the linked PDF for the latest details. Note: Please do not call your local Rite Aid pharmacy for a vaccine appointment.
    • Target. Target expects to be able to start distributing the COVID vaccine in partnership with CVS and their on-site pharmacy locations. Check the CVS pharmacy website for updates and dates when more vaccines will become available.
    • Walgreens. Walgreens will be providing COVID vaccines to consumers at all of its 9,000+ store locations. Check their website to see which locations presently offer the vaccine and their appointment availability.
    • Walmart. Walmart is administering the vaccines based on state and federal eligibility guidelines and is scheduling appointments at thousands of their stores nationwide. Check their website often for availability as the vaccine continues rolling out to more stores.
  • How much does the COVID vaccine cost?

    No fees will be charged to get vaccinated. You may be required to provide insurance information when you receive your vaccine. If there is a charge associated with administration of the vaccine, your insurance or the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relieve Fund will compensate providers with no cost to you.

  • Do I need to be a North Carolina resident to receive the vaccine?

    Proof of state (or even US) residency will not be required in order to receive a COVID vaccine. Any personal information shared with vaccination centers can not be used for civil or criminal prosecution.

  • Will I be able to receive the vaccine if I’ve already contracted COVID-19?

    Yes, people who have had COVID-19 can still get the vaccine. The CDC recommends you wait 90 days after you have recovered to receive it.

  • Do I need to keep wearing a mask and social distancing after I have been vaccinated?

    For the most part, yes. Social distancing and masking policies are still in effect after you have been vaccinated. Gatherings of individuals who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks are now allowed, as well as gatherings of up to two unvaccinated households with no medically vulnerable members.

  • How long will the COVID vaccine last?

    New research finds that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provide viral immunity for at least 6 months, but since COVID-19 is so new, experts aren’t sure if immunity will wane after that. A vaccine is a medicine designed to defend against diseases by introducing the immune system to a virus in a safe way. This process allows the immune system to learn how to defeat it by generating antibodies specific to the virus. These antibodies will help ward off future infections and in some cases prevent re-infection. Scientists are still researching how long antibodies last for coronavirus (COVID-19), which could inform how long a vaccine will last.

  • Am I eligible for a COVID vaccine booster shot?

    According to the CDC, COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:

    • 65 years and older
    • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
    • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
    • Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings
    • Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings

Recent COVID Vaccine Reviews (2)

I came in today for a covid antibody test per my employers request. The nurse who did my test was very nice and professional. However, when I saw Dr. Odell, I believe that’s his name, he was very rude and condescending towards me. I had explained to the nurse that I was still fearful of the covid vaccine but that I was still doing some research, which she encouraged me to do. As should anyone who plans on getting it. Dr. Odell seemed like he was almost pissed off at the fact that I was even there. He said a covid antibody test wasn’t going to tell us anything. I tried to explain to him that I hadn’t been exposed, but he cut me off saying it didn’t matter. I NEVER got the chance to express my concerns about the vaccine or to ask any questions. After his “visit” with me I over heard him in the hallway fussing with the nurse saying he didn’t understand why I was getting an antibody test. As I said before, it was per my employers request. No matter your stance on the vaccine, the way I was treated today was completely uncalled for. I AM NOT ANTIVAX!! I believe you should research anything you put into your body. That is my plan. At the end of the day I was doing what my employer had asked me to do. Dr. Odell’s bedside manner SUCKS and I’m tired of the covid vaccine bullies.

- Verified patient on 9/18

Went because my husband who is a 2x heart transplant receiver was showing signs of Covid after 3 boosters. From check-in to the nurse, the Dr. and check-out it was a wonderful experience! All staff were very knowledgeable and knew exactly what they were doing! Nurse was hilarious and Dr. was humorous as well! We got the best care in the best way!! We will definitely be back next time someone is sick!

- Verified patient on 11/14

Facts About the COVID Vaccine

Key facts about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina

Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are safe to get and highly effective at preventing you from getting COVID-19. Even if you do get COVID-19, the vaccine prevents you from getting seriously ill. The more people that get vaccinated, the faster we can get back to normal life.

  • They’re safe. Rigorous clinical trials must show that vaccines are safe and effective before they’re authorized for public use. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.
  • They’re effective. All approved vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know so far, experts believe that all the approved vaccines will nearly 100% prevent serious illness and death. They may also help protect family, friends, and those around you.
  • They’re free. COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all Americans under the CARES act. The US government has already ordered and paid for hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses using US tax dollars to ensure that everyone who wants one can get one.

Top vaccine myths

When deciding to get vaccinated, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.

  • The vaccines will not make you sick with COVID-19.
  • The vaccines do not have a microchip that will track you.
  • The mRNA COVID vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) will not alter your DNA.
  • If you already had COVID-19, that does not mean you don’t need the vaccine.

Approved COVID Vaccines & Boosters for North Carolina

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have each developed COVID vaccines and received emergency use authorization (EUA). Pfizer's vaccine has received EUA for individuals 12 years of age and older, while both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for people 16 and up. During the initial rollout of the vaccine, however, it is unlikely individuals will be able to choose which vaccine they want.

Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID vaccine

On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first EUA for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals . The emergency use authorization allowed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. to individuals 16 years of age and older.

On May 10, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an EAU for use of the vaccine in children from the ages 12-16. This announcement came after Pfizer’s recent trial of the vaccine in adolescents which demonstrated that the vaccine is at least as effective as it is in adults.

On August 23, 2021, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, now being referred to as Comirnaty, for ages 16+. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

On November 2, 2021, the FDA provider emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, making the Pfizer vaccine now available for everyone in the U.S. 5 years of age and older.

Pfizer, in partnership with BioNTech, released an efficacy analysis of their phase 3 trials involving 42,000 people, about half of whom got the experimental vaccine with the other half receiving a placebo. 170 participants contracted COVID-19 with only 8 of them being from the vaccine cohort. This equates to a 95% vaccination success rate, which is about as good as any vaccine, even after years of development, can ever expect. The inoculation process involves two doses, with the second dose administered 3 weeks after the first.

Moderna, NAID COVID vaccine

On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an EUA for the second vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The emergency use authorization allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.

On June 25, 2021, the FDA revised the patient and provider fact sheets regarding the suggested increased risks of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart) following vaccination.

On August 12, 2021, the FDA amended the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA to allow for an additional dose to be given to certain immunocompromised individuals.

Similarly to Pfizer, Moderna’s is a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine with a nearly identical efficacy rate of 94.1%. These results follow a 30,000-volunteer study with only 11 positive COVID cases occurring from the group that received the vaccines rather than the placebo. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna version does not have as strict refrigeration requirements, likely making their vaccine more easily transported, stored, and administered through existing healthcare infrastructure.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine

In clinical trials, the J&J/Janssen vaccine was 66.3% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine, and had high efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death in people who did get sick. No one who got COVID-19 at least 4 weeks after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccine had to be hospitalized.

Early evidence suggests that the J&J/Janssen vaccine might provide protection against asymptomatic infection, which is when a person is infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 but does not get sick.

What to Expect

What to expect on vaccination day in North Carolina

Because COVID-19 vaccines are new, you may have questions about what happens before, during and after your vaccine appointment. Here are some things you can do to prepare.

Before your vaccination:

  • Wear loose-fitting or sleeveless clothing so healthcare workers can easily access your upper arm.
  • Be sure you’re hydrated and limit your intake of alcohol the night before your appointment.
  • It is not recommended to take over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to try and prevent vaccine-related side effects.
  • Do not schedule other vaccine appointments for at least 14 days before or after.
  • Bring proof of your eligibility to make sure you don’t get turned away when you arrive.

During your vaccination:

  • You AND your healthcare worker should wear a mask. Follow the CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others while in public.
  • You’ll receive a vaccination card telling you which COVID vaccine you received and when. Bring the card to your second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna) and keep it in a safe place for the future.
  • You’ll be monitored on-site for a short period of time after receiving your vaccine to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction (which is very rare).
  • If you receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna,) you’ll need to schedule a second shot to make sure you get the most protection.

After your vaccination:

  • You may want to clear your schedule after your vaccination in case you experience side effects. Side effects are usually mild, but may affect your ability to work or go about your day as usual.
  • It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. Vaccines that require 2 shots (like Pfizer or Moderna) may not protect you until about 2 weeks after your second shot. Vaccines that require 1 shot (like Johnson & Johnson) take about 2 weeks to build protection as well.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines, for any pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated. You can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally.

Possible side effects

Vaccine side effects are normal, healthy signs that your body is building protection. Side effects are typically mild and go away in a few days. If you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

Side effects on your arm

  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Redness, rash
  • Swelling

Tips to reduce arm discomfort

  • Apply cool, wet washcloth to the area
  • Use or exercise your affected arm

Side effects in your body

  • Tiredness
  • Headache, fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills

Tips to reduce fever discomfort

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Dress lightly

What to expect after vaccination

Congratulations! 2 weeks after your final vaccine dose, you’re considered fully vaccinated. That means you can start doing certain things you stopped during the pandemic. You should still take precautions in public, though, until scientists know more about how well vaccines prevent transmission to others.

Read more: Fully vaccinated? Here’s what you can start doing again safely" (the full article title is linked) https://www.solvhealth.com/blog/fully-vaccinated-here-s-what-you-can-start-doing-again-safely

What can I now do safely in North Carolina?

  • You can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks.
  • You can see unvaccinated people indoors, too, as long as they’re from one other household. (For example, visiting a child/grandchild and their family, or a group of friends who live together.)
  • If you’ve been around someone who has had COVID-19, you don’t need to stay away from others or get tested unless you start experiencing symptoms.
  • If you live in a group home or facility and are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should still quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID test, even if you don’t have symptoms.

What safety measures should I continue taking?

  • You should still take the same precautions you’re used to (wearing a mask, staying 6 ft apart, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces) to protect yourself and others while in public, or when you gather with unvaccinated people from more than one household.
  • You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do choose to travel, you still need to follow the CDC recommendations, as well as the local requirements of the place you’re visiting.
  • You should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, especially if you’ve been around someone that’s feeling sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get a COVID test and stay away from others.
  • You should still continue to follow any guidelines set by your workplace and local businesses.

What scientists are still learning

Vaccines are safe and effective, but there are still questions scientists are working to understand. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

  • How effective vaccines are against new variants of the virus.
  • How well vaccines keep people from spreading COVID to others.
  • How long vaccines will protect people from COVID.
Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Jun 25, 22

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