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​COVID-19 Vaccine

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Updated September 9, 2021

Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.

FDA Approval: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine known as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for individuals 12-15 years of age and for third doses.

Third Doses: Mecklenburg County Public Health is providing third doses of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) to people with moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions who previously received two doses, per the CDC's recommendations. The person must verbally attest to their immunocompromising condition. Any resident who has difficulty leaving their home for a third dose can request a home-based vaccination.

  • Northwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Road
    - Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 8:15-11:30am, 1:00-4:30pm
    - Wed: 10:15am-1:30pm, 3:00-6:30pm
    - Offering Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson
  • Southeast Health Department, 249 Billingsley Road
    - Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 8:15-11:30am, 1:00-4:30pm
    - Wed: 10:15am-1:30pm, 3:00-6:30pm
    - Offering Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson
  • Valerie C. Woodard Center - Community Resource Center, 3205 Freedom Drive
    - Mon–Fri: 8:15-11:30am, 1:00-4:30pm
    - Offering Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson
  • StarMed Healthcare-Tuckaseegee, 4001 Tuckaseegee Rd
  • StarMed Healthcare - Eastland, 5344 Central Ave
  • StarMed Healthcare - Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd Click here for StarMed's walk-in hours or schedule online.

Community Clinics and Events
Saturday Sept. 18, 2021Wingate Neighborhood, Charlotte NC 282082:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.
Delta Creek Park, 7300 Linda Lake Dr, Charlotte, NC 282152:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 19, 2021West Charlotte High, 2219 Senior Dr.3:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
Monday Sept. 20, 2021Davidson College, 216 N. Main St., Davidson, NC 2803682:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Sept. 21, 2021La Poblanita Mexican Restaurant 1925 Westinghouse Blvd.10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021Sailboat Bay Apartments, 5417 Albemarle Rd, Charlotte, NC 282124:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Friday Sept. 24, 2021Simmons YMCA, 6824 Democracy Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212tbd
Saturday Sept. 25, 2021Our Lady of the Assumption, 4207 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 2821510:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Carole Hoefener Center, 615 E. 6th Street, Charlotte NC 2820212:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.
Mangum's Barbershop, 2901 Amy James Ave, Charlotte, NC 282089:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Keith Family YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262tbd
Saturday Oct. 2, 2021Arbor Glen Outreach Center, 1520 Clanton Rd. Charlotte, NC 2820812:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 16, 2021Southeast Health Deptartment, 249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte, NC 282119:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds, 819 Hamilton St., Charlotte, NC11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Oct. 24, 2021Life Center Fellowship-Charlotte, 2435 Toomey Ave., Charlotte, NC 282039:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Back-to-School Immunizations
Saturday Sept. 25, 2021Eastway Middle School, 1501 Norland Rd.
Make an appointment with Mecklenburg County Public Health by calling 704-336-6500.
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
South Mecklenburg High School, 8900 Park Rd.
Make an appointment online at VaxClinic or call 704-755-5656.
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
McClintock Middle School, 1925 Rama Rd.
Make an appointment online at VaxClinic or call 704-755-5656.
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Julius L. Chambers High School, 7600 IBM Dr.
Make an appointment online at StarMed Healthcare or call 980-445-9818.
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Ranson Middle School, 5850 Statesville Rd.
Make an appointment online with Charlotte Community Health Clinic or call 704-316-6561.
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
International Center, 4000 Applegate Rd.
Make an appointment online with Novant Health or call 704-351-1701.
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St.
Make an appointment with C.W. Williams Community Health Center or call 704-912-9422.
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
  • Doses to Doors: Be on the lookout for our mobile vaccination team. Public Health is offering COVID-19 vaccinations on demand in neighborhoods across Mecklenburg County. Call our hotline 980-314-9400 for more information and spread the word by sharing this flyer throughout your community.English | Spanish

What if I need a ride to receive my vaccination?

For transportation assistance:
  • Contact the Mecklenburg Transportation System at 980-314-7600.
  • Eligible residents can call RIDE UNITED NC at 1-844-771-RIDE for help in scheduling free round-trip rides to vaccine appointments.
  • Lyft's Vaccine Access Program provides free or discounted rides to a vaccination site.

How can I encourage others to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

Be a Vaccine Champion and share news of vaccination clinics with your family, friends, and community. Materials are available for you or your organization to download, print, and post in your communities or share on social media. Check out our Vaccine Champion toolkit and help us get the word out!

What might delay my appointment?

You will need to delay your vaccine if any of the following apply on the day of your appointment:

  • You have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been cleared from isolation.
  • You have recently had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and have not completed your quarantine period.
  • You have received passive antibody treatment for COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

When and where do I receive my second dose?

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines each requires two shots, with intervals of 21 days for Pfizer-BioNTech and 28 days for Moderna. If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, follow the instructions you received at your first dose appointment. Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card that shows proof of your first vaccine dose to your second dose appointment. Call the COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400, Option 3 with any questions about your second dose.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you do not need a second dose.

Will I need a third dose?

The CDC now recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) after the initial two doses. People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. Studies indicate some immunocompromised people don’t always build the same level of immunity after vaccination the way non-immunocompromised people do, and may benefit from an additional dose.

Mecklenburg County Public Health is providing third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine to such residents who previously received two doses, per the CDC's recommendations. The person must verbally attest to their immunocompromising condition. Any resident who has difficulty leaving their home for a third dose can request a home-based vaccination.

Why should my child receive a vaccination?

Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected, get sick, and spread COVID-19 to others. The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older.

Get a COVID-19 vaccine for your child as soon as you can.

  • Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in adolescents.
  • Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 3 weeks after their first shot.
  • Your child can't get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Prepare for your child's vaccination visit.

  • Get tips for how to support your child before, during, and after the visit.
  • Talk to your child before the visit about what to expect.
  • Tell the doctor or nurse if your child has any allergies to any ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Comfort your child during the appointment.
  • To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, your child should be seated or lying down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
  • After your child's COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment

We're Here to Answer Your Questions

Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400

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


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

Where else can I receive a vaccination?

If you are an Atrium patient, visit or call 704-468-8888. If you are a Novant patient, visit, call your primary care provider, or 855-648-2248.

Vaccinations may also be available through the following pharmacies or clinics:

What if I can't travel to receive a vaccination?

Individuals who are homebound, have an ongoing physical or mental disability, and are unable to travel to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can complete this form to request to receive the vaccine at home.

Each request will be reviewed by Public Health and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management and scheduled based on eligibility criteria and appointment availability.

How can I volunteer to help with the COVID-19 response?

We appreciate any resident's willingness to assist with our COVID-19 vaccine response. Please complete this form and we will follow up.

How do I get proof or a record of my COVID-19 vaccine?

You can obtain your vaccine record one of two ways:

1. View your record and proof of vaccination on the North Carolina Vaccine Management System (CVMS) Recipient Portal. Instructions for finding and viewing your record on the portal are availablehere.

2. Visit Mecklenburg County Public Health's Medical Records Office, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm, at:

Southeast Health Department, 249 Billingsley Road
Northwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Road

    • Proof of identification is required.
    • Release of Information Form will need to be completed.
    • COVID-19 screening and mask requirements are in effect.

Can I stop wearing a mask and social distancing if I get the COVID-19 vaccine?


A joint proclamation issued by the Chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Mayor of the City of Charlotte requires all people—vaccinated and unvaccinated—to wear face coverings in any indoor public place, business, or establishment within the City of Charlotte and the unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County. This requirement applies to all individuals who are at least five years of age. Effective August 31, 2021, a public health rule will require all people countywide to wear face coverings in indoor public places.

Handwashing remains one of the best ways to protect against illness. Everyone should continue to wash their hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

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