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Individuals can join our waiting list to receive a call when a vaccine is available for you. We are working with limited supplies of the vaccine, and are distributing shots as soon as we receive shipments of the vaccine. As soon as we receive shipments of the vaccine, we call those on our waiting list to fill appointment slots. Once you receive an appointment, you have your spot to go get your shot. There is no need to come early to your appointment-- just show up 5 minutes before! We will get you registered on site, give you your vaccine, and monitor you for 15 minutes. Typically you are only on site for 30 minutes or less.
We are only able to register individuals for appointments if we have a vaccine to give them. This is why the appointments are limited. Unfortunately, Wayne County does not determine how many doses of the vaccine we receive, or when we receive shipments. The state decides how many doses go each county and the vaccine is shipped directly from the manufacturer to the Health Department. We are distributing vaccines as quickly as possible as shipments arrive in the County. We ask that you be patient if you are on the waiting list, someone will call you as soon as we have a shot available to give you.
The State of North Carolina has released a phased plan for vaccinations. If you would like to find out what phase you fall under, visit https://findmygroup.nc.gov
The federal government has purchased the vaccines and there will be no cost to individuals being vaccinated.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure all food and drugs are safe. The COVID-19 vaccines must pass clinical trials like other drugs and vaccines. The FDA checks the work and approves vaccines only if they are safe and effective. The FDA can get them to people faster through an Emergency Use Authorization. Like all vaccines, the FDA keeps checking safety through the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Healthcare providers are required to report serious side effects, or if someone gets seriously ill with COVID-19. There is also a smartphone-based health checker called V-SAFE that uses text messaging and web surveys to do health check-ins after people receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
More than 70,000 people volunteered in clinical trials for two vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) to see if they are safe and work to prevent COVID illness. Volunteers included Black/African American, Hispanic/LatinX, Asians and others. To date, the vaccines are 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no serious safety concerns noted in the clinical trials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure the vaccines are safe and can prevent people from getting COVID-19. Like all drugs, vaccine safety continues to be monitored after they are in use.
No serious side effects have been reported. But people have reported temporary reactions like sore arms, tiredness, and feeling off for a day or two after receiving the vaccine. These temporary reactions were more common after the second vaccine dose.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots a set number of days apart. You need two doses to build up strong immunity against COVID. The second shot will come about 3-4 weeks after the first. It is important to get two doses of the same vaccine.
North Carolina will use a secure data system called the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS) to make sure you are safe and get your second shot at the right time. If you received your first shot with Wayne County, we will be calling you back to setup an appointment for your second shot.
No. North Carolina has no plan to require people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is possible that some employers or schools will require vaccines for their employees or students.
The federal government decides how many COVID-19 vaccines each state gets based on the state’s population. The vaccine is shipped directly to Wayne County from the manufacturer, and we have no control over the number of doses we receive.