Everyone Who Wants a Safe and Effective Vaccine
Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals age 12 and up. Eligible individuals under the age of 18 should consult our weekly vaccine schedule to confirm Pfizer is available before scheduling their appointment.
The first dose you receive (Moderna or Pfizer) will depend on our supply on hand. You will receive the same vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) for your second as you did for your first dose. Check the vaccination calendar for locations that offer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
The vaccines are free to everyone, even if you don’t have health insurance.
Bring an ID card if you have one. However, an ID card is not required. Personal information about your health and identity is carefully managed to protect your privacy. It is not shared with CDC or ICE.
You can receive your second dose at one of our locations even if you did not receive your first dose with us. Click here to schedule an appointment.
At this time, written consent from parent or a legal guardian is required for 12-15 year olds to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine because of the emergency use authorization. Adolescents 16 and 17 years of age have the ability to consent for FDA approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, if they show the decisional capacity to do so.
State law (Session Law 2021-110) changed on August 20, 2021, and health care providers are now required to obtain written consent from a parent or legal guardian of a minor prior to administrating any vaccine that that has been granted emergency use authorization and is not yet fully approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to an individual under 18 years of age.
As of August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older. Pfizer continues to be available under emergency use authorization for 12-15 year olds. The previously established, NC General Statute 90-21.5 gives minors the legal authority to prevent communicable diseases, including COVID-19. Adolescents 16 and 17 years of age have the ability to consent for COVID-19 vaccine, if they show the decisional capacity to do so. Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines are not currently authorized for individuals under 18 at this time.
COVID vaccines and pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility
Vaccines are a routine part of prenatal care and people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or want to become pregnant can be safely vaccinated against COVID-19. Pregnant people are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 and the vaccines are very effective in preventing COVID-19 illness. People who are pregnant, breastfeeding or want to become pregnant may choose to receive any currently recommended COVID-19 vaccine.
The temporary reactions from COVID-19 vaccines are the same for both pregnant and non-pregnant people. Additional information can be found here. Pregnant people can talk with their doctors before making the choice. You do not need to take a pregnancy test before you get your vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are not thought to be a risk to lactating people or their infants. It is possible that immunity from the vaccines can be passed to a baby through breastfeeding. There is no need to wait or avoid pregnancy after being vaccinated. The vaccines do not impact your ability to get pregnant.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends vaccination for all eligible people, including those who may want to get pregnant. Women in the clinical trials successfully became pregnant following vaccination and there have been no safety data to suggest that the vaccines impact the ability of a woman to get pregnant. Similarly, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology recommends that men who desire fertility should be encouraged to get vaccinated when they are eligible.
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Johnson and Johnson Updates
After a brief pause and careful investigation, the CDC and FDA recommend resuming the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Following this guidance, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recommended that North Carolina vaccine providers resume the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines now that their safety has been reaffirmed.
Click here to read frequently asked questions (English and Spanish) about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information visit the CDC website.