COVID-19 Vaccine

2-1-1 IS NOT THE NUMBER TO CALL FOR VACCINE INFORMATION OR SCHEDULING. Continue reading for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it is being distributed in North Carolina. 

How can I get the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all North Carolinians ages 12 or older. To find a provider, visit Here are a few things you should know:

  • Those age 5-11 may receive the Pfizer lower does COVID-19 vaccine.  
  • Those age 12-17 may only recieve the Pfizer vaccine. Anyone age 18 or older may receive any of the three approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson)
  • You will likely need an appointment to get vaccinatedFind your local vaccine provider.
  • You can also call the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm.
  • The vaccine is free everywhere in North Carolina, whether or not you have health insurance.
  • No photo ID is required. 
  • US citizenship is not required or checked. 
  • You will get a printed card and email to remind you to come back 3 to 4 weeks later for your second dose (Pzizer or Moderna). Your personal information is private and strictly confidential.
  • Booster shots are now available for some North Carolinians.

What should I know about booster shots? 

Boosters are now available for all COVID-19 vaccines. You may be eligible for a booster if you meet the following criteria:

Johnson and Johnson: 

  • Anyone 18+ who was vaccinated more than 2 months ago with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine can receive the booster shot.

Moderna or Pfizer:

You are eligible if ONE of the following is true:

  • You are 65 or older
  • You live or work in a nursing home or long-term care residential facility
  • You have a medical condition that puts you at high risk for severe illness (obesity, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, e.g.)
  • You work in a high-risk profession, meaning you come into contact with a lot of people, and you don’t know their vaccination status (health care workers, first responders, teachers, retail/restaurant workers, public transportation workers, e.g.)
  • You live or work in a place where many people live together (homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farm housing, dormitories, e.g.)

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What should I know about vaccines for children ages 5-11?  

Children are given two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and each dose is one-third the amount given to people ages 12 and older. The vaccine is effective and produced a similar immune response in children 5–11 as in older kids and adults ages 16–25. As with other routine vaccinations for children, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine underwent a thorough testing and review process by the FDA and an independent scientific committee to ensure it is safe and effective for children. 

How can I find transportation to my vaccine appointment? 

People who need transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine appointment should reach out to their local transit agency for a free ride. You can find your local transit agency online and can call the phone number listed for assistance. Local transit agencies serve all 100 North Carolina counties.

You could also ask your vaccine provider about transportation options. Some have partnered with agencies to provide free rides to vaccine appointments.

What if I am homebound?

There are providers in North Carolina who are able to vaccinate people in their homes. To sign up for an appointment, call the At-Home Vaccineation Hotline at 1-866-303-0026 or fill out a registration form. 

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Where can I find more information about the vaccine? 

NC Department of Health and Human Services has information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit to learn more.

You can also call the COVID-19 Line at 888-675-4567 (Open Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm).

What should I keep doing after I’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19? 

  • Continue wearing a face covering in all K-12 schools, child care, indoor settings with a large number of children or child- focused activities (e.g, children’s museums), public transportation, healthcare settings, high density congregate settings (e.g., correction and detention facilities, homeless shelters, migrant farm camps), and large crowded indoor venues (e.g., arenas, stadiums).
  • Continue wearing a mask in all indoor public spaces if you live in area of high or substantial levels transmission as defined by the CDC until more people are vaccinated and viral transmission decreases.
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

More information can be found from NCDHHS here

What can I do differently after I’m fully vaccinated? 

  • Gather with others who are vaccinated if in an area of low transmission as defined by CDC.
  • You do not need to quarantine if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and meet the
    following criteria:

    • Are fully vaccinated
    • Have had no symptoms from when you were exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • You can travel domestically without getting tested before or after, and you do not need to self quarantine after travel, although you should still self-isolate if you develop symptoms of COVID19.
  • You do not need to get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the
    destination) or self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States, although you should still
    self-isolate if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You can be exempted from routine COVID-19 screening testing, if feasible.

More information can be found from NCDHHS here


Need more information? 

Read these Frequently Asked Questions (English|Spanish) from the NC Department of Health and Human Services. You can also call the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567.


Last updated 11/12/2021

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