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​COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID-19 Vaccination

Updated February 26, 2021


Due to high demand and limited vaccine supply, there may not be available Mecklenburg County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

As vaccine supply increases, we will add additional appointments for eligible residents in:

  • Group 1: Healthcare workers currently working in-person, and long-term care staff and residents.
  • Group 2: Anyone 65 years of age or older.
  • Group 3: Anyone working in-person in child care or PreK-12 schools.

Join the waitlist: Eligible residents who are unable to schedule an appointment online or by phone can join our vaccine appointment waitlist. As additional appointment times become available, they will be filled from the waitlist.

When can I receive my COVID-19 vaccination?

Mecklenburg County Public Health is following North Carolina's Vaccine Distribution Plan and vaccinating residents by appointment. No walk-ins are accepted.

Each vaccine requires two shots. The interval between doses is 21 days for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 28 days for Moderna vaccine.

Eligible individuals are encouraged to reach out to their primary care providers (if they have one) to discuss options for receiving the vaccine. Atrium Health and Novant Health are offering vaccines to patients (see below).



Phases are: One, Healthcare workers and Long-term Care Staff and Residents. Two, Older Adults. Three, Frontline Essential Workers. Four, High Rish Adults. Five, everyone.

Eligible residents in Groups 1, 2, and 3 are encouraged to schedule an appointment or join the waitlist at this time. Residents should call 980-314-9400 (Option 3 for English/Option 8 for Spanish) or email MeckCVMS@mecknc.gov with questions.

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 another vaccine within the past 14 days.
  • You have received passive antibody treatment for COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

When and where do I receive my second dose?

Follow the instructions you received at your first dose appointment. If you received your first dose through Mecklenburg County Public Health at Bojangles Coliseum, visit our appointments page for more information.

Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card that shows proof of your first vaccine dose to your second dose appointment.

We're Here to Answer Your Questions

Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400

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.


Where else can I receive a vaccination?

If you are an Atrium patient, visit atriumhealth.org/COVID19Vaccine or call 704-468-8888.If you are a Novant patient, visit getvaccinated.org, call your primary care provider, or 855-648-2248.



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

No, do not stop wearing a mask and social distancing. It is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like following the 3Ws.

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

Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all adults 65+ to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available, and encourage their families and friends to join them in getting the vaccine. We have created materials that you can download to print and post in your communities or share on your social media networks. Help us get the word out!

"Get Vaccinated" Guide for Adults 65 and Older:EnglishSpanish FrenchVietnamese Amharic RussianArabic TigrinyaBurmeseKinyarwandaSwahili Chinese

"Appointment Scheduling" Guide for MCPH, Atrium, and Novant: EnglishSpanishFrenchVietnamese Hindi Telugu Kinyarwanda Swahili Russian Chinese

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.


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close alertCounty services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400