Vaccine Information

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Vaccine Eligibility Update

On November 2, 2021, the CDC recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years of age. Mecklenburg County Public Health strongly recommends getting children vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccine will be administered to children 5-11 years old as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, in a lower dose that that used for people 12 years of age and older. Starting Thursday, November 4, most locations will have dosed for children 5-11 years of age.

Vaccine Booster Update

On October 21, 2021, the CDC recommended Moderna COVID-19 vaccine boosters for individuals who meet specific eligibility criteria and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine boosters for adults aged 18 and older. Beginning Monday, October 25, Mecklenburg County Public Health will provide booster doses of the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines (at select locations only). Public Health will also continue to offer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine booster. Individuals may choose which authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster they receive.

Booster doses of the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna (at some locations) vaccines are available for any individual aged 18 or older at least two months after their shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Booster doses of the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna (at some locations) vaccines are available for individuals who belong to one of the following groups at least six months after their last shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. No documentation of eligibility is required:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings.
  • People aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions.
  • People aged 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Vaccine Availability

For information or to find vaccine availability, see the graphic below or visit Mecklenburg County's Vaccine page where there is a list of community locations as well as clinics and events. Some area Harris Teeter, CVS, and Walgreen pharmacies are also providing COVID-19 vaccination. Click the logos below to access their information portals.

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Everyone in North Carolina age 5 and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine! Tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are helping us gain control of our lives and get back to the people and places we love.

If you haven’t already received your shot, you can find participating vaccine providers at to schedule your vaccine appointment.

 What you should know:

  • The vaccine is free everywhere in North Carolina.
  • No photo ID or insurance is needed.
  • Depending on where you get your vaccine, you may need to make an appointment.
  • Everyone can be vaccinated, regardless of their immigration status. Getting vaccinated will not affect your immigration status.

Currently, there are three vaccines available. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one shot and both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots. Please note that only the two-shot Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 5-17.

Vaccine-Champion-ImageIt is important to know when you are fully vaccinated and the steps we all need to take to keep protecting each other after you’re vaccinated.  

You are fully vaccinated two weeks after your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This means:

  • For two-dose vaccines, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose.  
  • For a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your dose.

If it has been less than two weeks since your final shot for the vaccine, then you are not fully protected yet.

Once you are fully vaccinated: 

  • You can gather with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask.  
  • You can gather with people who are not vaccinated from one other household without wearing a mask, but only if no one from the other household is at high-risk for severe COVID-19 illness.  
  • You do not need to quarantine or get tested if you have been around someone who has COVID-19, unless you develop COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you will need to get tested and isolate as soon as possible.

Have questions? Mecklenburg County Public Health can help!

Mecklenburg County Public Health COVID-19 website

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