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​COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC now recommends an updated "bivalent" COVID-19 booster, which targets the variants that are making people sick right now, for everyone aged 6 months and older. The number and timing of vaccine doses are determined by the age of the patient and brand of vaccine. Read the December 9 news release from the CDC for more information.

Visit an MCPH clinic or local pharmacy to get your bivalent booster and flu shot. MCPH clinic locations and hours are listed below.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for everyone aged 6 months and older and the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 12 and older, including pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

The CDC recommends the new Pfizer and Moderna bivalent vaccine formualtions (which contain mRNA parts of the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants in addition to mRNA parts from the original strain of the coronavirus) as boosters that are effective against the variants of the virus that are making people sick now. Two recent CDC reports showed that the bivalent vacccine cuts the risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 or needing to go to an emergency department/urgent care facility by half or more for most people. Another CDC report showed that people who got the bivalent vaccine were 14 times less likely to die from COVID-19 than unvaccinated people and 3 times less likely to die from COVID-19 than people who got only the original (monovalent) vaccine. 

The total number of vaccine doses a person gets and the recommended timing of shots depend on how old the person is and what brand of vaccine they are getting. See the current COVID-19 vaccine recommendations from the CDC for more information. Your health care provider will be able to tell you what shots you should get and when you should get them.

Find the COVID-19 Vaccine Near You

  • The map below shows the locations of providers offering COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatment in Mecklenburg County.

  • Three MCPH clinic locations currently offer the Pfizer and Novavax COVID-19 vaccines.* Call 704-336-6500 to make an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted during office hours:

Northwest Health Department2845 Beatties Ford Road
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Southeast Health Department249 Billingsley Road
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Valerie C. Woodard Center: 3205 Freedom Drive
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

*To streamline our COVID-19 vaccination response, MCPH stopped offering Moderna products on December 31, 2022. We continue to offer all Pfizer and Novavax vaccine products. For a list of providers in your area who offer Moderna products, please visit


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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The primary series of the vaccine, followed by booster doses, protects against severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death by triggering your body to make antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 illness. Vaccine immunity is long lasting and safe. SARS-CoV-2 infection also triggers your body to make antibodies against re-infection, but that natural immunity is temporary (about 90 days) and comes with the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Visit the links below for information about the COVID-19 vaccines:

Recommended COVID-19 Vaccines
Manufacturer / Brand Name Type of Vaccine Eligible Ages
Pfizer-BioNTech / COMIRNATY mRNA vaccine type 6 months and older
Moderna / Spikevax mRNA vaccine type 6 months and older
Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted protein subunit vaccine type 12 years and older
Janssen / Johnson & Johnson* viral vector vaccine type 18 years and older
*Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax vaccines are preferred over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be used only in limited situations.


Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400

Option 3 (English) or Opción 8 (Español)

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This hotline is for general questions regarding COVID-19 and vaccines.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911.