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​COVID-19 Vaccine

get the facts and get vaccinated

Updated July 27, 2021

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

Anyone 18+ who receives their first vaccine dose—or drives someone to their first dose—will receive a $25 Summer Cash Card at the Public Health or StarMed Healthcare clinics below.

All vaccines are available free of charge.

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Option 3 for English
Option 8 for Spanish

July 30Adolescent Immunization Awareness Month. COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to anyone 12+ at these back-to-school immunization events, 8am-7pm.

NAACP Vaccination Event, New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2600 Elmin Street, 11am -2pm

July 31
​Poor No More, NoDa Fresh Market, 1025 East 36th Street, 12pm-4pm
August 3World Refugee Day @ Apartments at Sailboat Bay, 5417 Albermarle Road, 4pm-7pm  | Share our multilingual flyer!
National Night Out | Many Charlotte neigborhoods are hosting vaccine events in association with National Night Out. Check with your community leaders.
​August 14
QC Fest, Alternatives to Violence, NW School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Road, 12pm-6pm

  • 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.

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?

On May 14, 2021, the Governor issued an Executive Order lifting restrictions on social distancing, most capacity limits, and masking indoors (except in specific settings). The CDC has also released COVID-19 guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

Mecklenburg County Public Health recommends that unvaccinated individuals remain masked in public, especially when indoors, continue to social distance, and avoid large crowds. Everyone should wear a mask in high-risk situations, like crowded spaces, childcare and schools, camps, long term care facilities, health care settings, detention facilities, shelters, etc. 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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