Updated January 19, 2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued emergency use authorizations (EUA) for two vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19. The vaccines were developed by Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 16 and older) and Moderna (ages 18 and older). Other vaccines are in large-scale clinical trials to ensure they are safe and effective.
Each vaccine requires two shots. The interval between doses is 21 days for Pfizer-BioNTech and 28 days for Moderna.
FACTS About COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC
Demand for vaccinations is high and supply is limited, with availability increasing through 2021.
Mecklenburg County Public Health
North Carolina's Vaccine Distribution Plan and vaccinating residents by appointment. Initial appointments have filled quickly. We will open additional appointments for the first three weeks of February for
Groups 1 and 2 below based on anticipated vaccine supply.
February appointments will be
available for scheduling beginning Thursday, January 21 at 8:30 a.m.
- Healthcare workers with in-person patient contact.- Long-term care staff and residents—people in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes, continuing care retirement communities.
If you can attest that you or your staff fit in the Group 1
prioritization categories and are not-affiliated with a hospital, please email MeckCVMS@mecknc.gov with specific details, click here to schedule an appointment online, or call 980-314-9400
Option 3 to schedule an appointment for your first dose with
Mecklenburg County Public Health. Due
to the limited vaccine supply, appointments may not be available. Please check back for updates.
- Older adults—people ages 65 and older, regardless of health status or
We will open additional
appointments for the first three weeks of February for Groups 1 and 2 based on
anticipated vaccine supply. February appointments will be available for scheduling
beginning Thursday, January 21 at 8:30 a.m.
Eligible individuals can click here to schedule an appointment online or call 980-314-9400 Option 3 to schedule an appointment for your first dose. Click here for instructions on creating an account and scheduling an appointment online. Due to the limited vaccine supply, appointments may not be available. Please check back for updates.
No walk-ins are accepted. Instructions for your second dose will be provided at your appointment for your first dose.
Email MeckCVMS@mecknc.gov or call 980-314-9400 Option 3 with questions.
Group 3: Frontline essential workers.
Group 4: Adults at high risk for exposure and increase risk of severe illness.
Group 5: Anyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination.
Appointments are not yet available for Groups 3, 4, or 5. If you have questions regarding eligibility, check
North Carolina's Vaccine Distribution Plan.
Mecklenburg County is committed to an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who meet the criteria under the distribution plan.
Public Health is administering vaccinations by appointment only at Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205 |
Enter from Briar Creek Road (exit 244 off East Independence Blvd). Park in sections 10-15 for nearest access.
You will need to delay your vaccine if any of the following apply on the day of your appointment:
Second dose appointments are available for individuals who received their first dose from Mecklenburg County Public Health. We are partnering with StarMed Healthcare to provide second doses of the COVID vaccine ONLY to individuals who received their first dose from MCPH. If you have already scheduled your second dose through Public Health, you do not need to schedule an appointment through StarMed.
To make an appointment for your second dose,
click here for StarMed Healthcare's appointment page.
Second dose appointments are located at
Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205 |
Here is information and instructions on scheduling a second dose appointment inEnglish orSpanish.
Public Health Hotline:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This hotline is for general questions regarding COVID-19 and the Flu.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911.
No, do not stop wearing a mask and social distancing.
While we learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC’s
recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.
Vaccines help protect us, our children, and our communities against preventable diseases. They are tested to ensure safety and prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year.
Since vaccines were introduced, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely. Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.
Why vaccinate? | Department of Health and Human Services
The supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine are limited and prioritized for specific groups at highest risk, including healthcare workers, people in long-term care facilities, and older adults.
As supplies increase, all adults should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021. A COVID-19 vaccine may not be available for young children until more studies are completed.
N.C. Vaccination Distribution Plan
Learn more about North Carolina’s plan for vaccine prioritization and distribution at
NC DHHS COVID-19: Vaccines
or view this
Infographic of Vaccine Phases.
Scientists had a head start. Although the vaccines were developed quickly, they were built upon years of work in developing vaccines for similar viruses.
Testing was thorough and successful. More than 70,000 people participated in clinical trials for two vaccines to see if they are safe and effective. To date, the vaccines are nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no safety concerns.
There are no safety concerns for senior citizens. Clinical trials ensured the vaccines meet safety standards and protect adults of different races, ethnicities, and ages, including adults over the age of 65, who mounted a strong immune response.
There is no COVID-19 virus in the vaccine. The vaccine imitates the infection so that our bodies think a germ like the virus is attacking. This creates the antibody defenses we need to fight off COVID-19 if and when the real germ attacks.
Most people with allergies can still get the COVID vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidelines that people who have ever had a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, to
any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine should not get it, and to consult their doctor about getting the vaccine.
Individuals with severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to another vaccine or injectable medication should consult with their medical provider; this is not an absolute contraindication to get the vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Severe Allergic Reactions | CDC
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone at no cost to the person receiving the vaccine, no matter whether you have health insurance.
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County services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400