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. Here are a few things you should know:

  • Those age 12-17 may only recieve the Pzizer vaccine. Anyone age 18 or older may receive any of the three approved vaccines (Pzizer, 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.

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.

Free Uber rides are available in some cities through RIDE UNITED NC: call 844-771-RIDE.

What if I am homebound?

Check NC Department of Health and Human Services’ list of vaccine providers who offer in-home service for those who are homebound.

Where can I find more information about the vaccine? 

NC Department of Health and Human Services has information about

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

What can you do after being fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
  • You do not need to quarantine or get tested if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 as long as you do not have any symptoms and do not live in a group setting. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and isolate from other people

You should still continue practicing the 3 Ws when in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one household or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness. You should also avoid medium/large-sized gatherings and international travel.

Other Resources

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.

SOURCE: NCDHHS, CDC

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