COVID-19 vaccines are an exciting milestone in returning to normal. Making a plan to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible is an important part of getting back to the people and places we love.
Who can get a vaccine?
Individuals 12 years old and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Those 18 and up can receive any of the three authorized vaccines, and adolescents 12-17 years old can receive the Pfizer vaccine.
How do I get a vaccine?
You can receive a vaccine at hospitals, local health departments,
There are a few important things to know when planning to get a vaccine:
- You will typically have to make an appointment to get your shot, though some locations may accept walk-ins.
- The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone for free, whether or not you have health insurance.
- You do not need to show ID and proof of citizenship is not required.
- If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will need two shots – after your first dose, you will need to come back 3 to 4 weeks later for a second dose. You will get a printed card and email reminder of when to get your second dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?
The vaccines approved for emergency use have been thoroughly tested and reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have temporary side effects like a sore arm, headache, or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine.
If you have specific questions about whether you should receive a COVID-19 vaccine, contact your physician.
For more vaccine information, please visit North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services.