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,  long-term care facilities, clinics, pharmacies and other settings.

To find out where you can take your shot, visit or call the NCDHHS COVID-19 line at 1‑877‑490‑6642.

There are a few important things to know when planning to get a vaccine:

  1. You will typically have to make an appointment to get your shot, though some locations may accept walk-ins.
  2. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone for free, whether or not you have health insurance.
  3. You do not need to show ID and proof of citizenship is not required.
  4. 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.