Mecklenburg County Public Health Announces Opening of COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Groups 1 and 2 Starting in February
Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) announced today that MCPH will be opening additional appointments for the first three weeks of February for Groups 1 and 2 based on anticipated vaccine supply. Appointments for the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine will be available for scheduling beginning Jan. 21 at 8:30 a.m.
Earlier this month, Public Health updated its vaccination plan to align with new federal and state recommendations (as recommended by current guidelines). Because vaccine supplies are currently limited, the vaccine distribution is being rolled out in phases.
Group 1 includes healthcare workers with current in-person patient contact and long-term care staff and residents.
Group 2 includes anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation.
Instructions for making appointments are available at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.
Eligible Group 1 and 2 members may make a first dose appointment online at https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/83g1hcpv/. Please read the appointment instructions carefully.
Make appointments by phone by calling 980-314-9400 and selecting Option 3. If you leave a message, MCPH will attempt to return the call within 24-48 business hours.
If unable to secure an appointment right away, residents are encouraged to continue to check for updates. As more vaccines are made available, additional appointment times will be made available. Updates will continue to be made at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.
MCPH wants to encourage residents ages 65+ to reach out to their primary care providers (if available) to discuss options for receiving the vaccine. Atrium Health and Novant Health are offering vaccines to eligible patients in Groups 1 and 2 by appointment.
MCPH COVID-19 Vaccine clinics are being held at held at Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28205. Appointments are required for all eligible recipients.
Mecklenburg County residents who need assistance with transportation to vaccine appointments, should contact the Mecklenburg Transportation System at: 980-314-7600.
About the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
On Dec. 11 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older.
Vaccine Safety - COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain a live virus and cannot give individuals the coronavirus.
Who Should Get the Vaccine - The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use in individuals 16 and older. The FDA and CDC are that advising women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, individuals who have experienced allergic reactions to other vaccines and those who have compromised immune systems should discuss the benefits and risks of taking the vaccine with their medical provider before receiving it.
Vaccine Side Effects - The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain a live virus and cannot give individuals the coronavirus. The potential side effects from the vaccine are similar to those experienced by people who receive the flu shot: soreness at the injection site, fever, headaches, and body aches that usually go away within 24 hours. Unless symptoms worsen or linger, there is no need to seek medical care. Pfizer reported no serious side effects from the vaccine, and there were no deaths directly linked to the vaccine itself. The FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 vaccine for safety and effectiveness and any long-term or rare side effects.
Vaccine Dosage - The Pfizer vaccine does require two doses spaced about three weeks a part to be effective. The same brand of vaccine must be administered for both doses. Vaccine Cost - 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.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
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Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.