North Carolinians 75 and Over:
You have a spot to take your short against COVID-19
There's good news for North Carolinians 75 years and older. A tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination is ready for you. Supplies are limited and you may have to wait. But you have one of the first spots to take your shot.
Your local health department or hospital can help you get your shot.
You can find participating health departments and local hospitals by going to YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov. You can also call the COVID-19 Line 1.877.490.6642. It's a free call. If you need transportation to your vaccine appointment call, 919.681.7356.
As we move into Group 1 of Phase 1b, anyone 75 years or older are eligible to receive their shot. Group 2 and 3 of this phase will comprise Health Care Workers and Essential Workers.
When we reach Phase 2, Group 1 will once again prioritize older individuals, anyone age 65-74 will be eligible at this time. Group 2 is for anyone age 16-64 who has a high-risk condition such as Cancer, heart disease, or Type 2 diabetes among others.
We will keep you updated as we reach Phase 3 and 4, and any changes that may happen to this timeline.
Your best shot against COVID-19. Tested, Safe and Effective
More than 70,000 people volunteered in clinical trials for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The volunteers included Black/African Americans, Hispanic LatinX, Asians and others. To date, the vaccines are 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no serious safety concerns noted in the clinical trials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure the vaccines are safe and can prevent people from getting COVID-19. Like all drugs, vaccine safety continues to be monitored after they are in use.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
The vaccine teaches your body to make an antibody to the virus. You are NOT getting COVID-19 by receiving this vaccine. You may have temporary reactions like a sore arm, headache or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine. These side effects are similar to receiving a Shingles Vaccine.
Take your shot at no cost.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone for free, whether or not you have health insurance.
You'll need two shots to build up your immunity.
After a person gets a first dose, they 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.
Continue the 3 W's
Whether you have been vaccinated or not, please continue to remember the 3 W's:
Wash your hands, Wear a mask, and Wait 6 feet apart!