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Frequently Asked Questions

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VACCINE BASICS

How are the COVID-19 vaccines given?

Similar to the flu vaccine, a COVID-19 vaccine is given as a shot into the muscle of the upper arm. Currently, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses 3 or 4 weeks apart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that some people get a supplemental dose (also called boosters). This is given the same way as the initial vaccines.

Can I get other vaccines at the same time as my COVID-19 shot?

Yes, you can get other vaccines, including the flu shot, as the same time as an initial or booster COVID-19 vaccination.

Will I be able to choose which vaccine I receive?

Yes. You will be able to choose which vaccine you receive. However, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for those under age 18 (and is fully FDA approved for those 16 and older). Studies have shown all three vaccines are almost 100 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations and death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released all three vaccines for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) given the expected benefits of these vaccines outweigh any potential risks.

I already had COVID-19, should I still get a vaccine?

Yes. At this time, the data support vaccination for those who had COVID-19. We know you can get the virus more than once, plus it remains unclear how long protection from infection lasts. There is also concern that infection may not offer protection against newer variants. Getting a vaccine after having COVID-19 will provide an additional boost to your body’s immune system against the virus. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice to protect yourself, your loved ones and our community.

If you had COVID-19, you should NOT come to a medical facility until:

  • It has been 10 days since you first had signs of COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test AND
  • You have been fever-free for 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medications AND
  • Your other symptoms of COVID-19 are getting better.

If you received a monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19, you should wait at least 90 days before receiving a vaccine as there could be a risk that the antibody might interfere with the effectiveness of the vaccine. 

Is there a minimum age to receive the vaccine?

Yes. If you are receiving the Pfizer vaccine, the minimum age is 12. If you are receiving the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the minimum age is 18. Scientists are still testing whether these vaccines will work for younger people.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

If you are a UNC Health patient and need to get a COVID-19 test, here's how you can get tested:

  • Schedule your test using My UNC Chart and selecting “Schedule an Appointment” from the menu. 
  • Contact your UNC Health provider https://healthtalk.unchealthcare.org/when-can-young-children-get-vaccinated/ and ask to be scheduled for the test. 

If you are not a patient at UNC Health, here is how you can get tested:

VACCINE BOOSTERS

Why are boosters of the COVID-19 vaccines being recommended?

Your body’s immunity to many viruses, whether acquired naturally or through a vaccine, declines over time. A booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine that gives a “boost” to your immunity and provides better protection from disease. Many routine vaccines require more than one shot to maintain immunity. For example, adults should get a Tdap booster every 10 years; that protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). With a booster, the immunity that has already been established by a vaccine is stimulated again. So, in a way, the booster serves as a reminder to the immune system’s memory, which can fade over time after vaccination.

Studies show that some people with weakened immune systems do not respond fully to COVID-19 vaccination and that a third dose of the vaccine can boost the levels of antibodies the body makes to fight COVID-19. In addition, the delta variant,which is responsible for almost all COVID-19 cases in the United States right now, is much more easily spread than previous variants of the COVID-19 virus. Higher levels of immunity, such as those produced by a booster shot, may be needed to better protect against this variant, especially for those who are immunocompromised, were vaccinated earlier, or at risk for severe COVID-19.

A COVID-19 booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine that gives a “boost” to your immunity and helps better protect you from the virus.

Who is eligible for boosters?

Supplemental doses of COVID-19 vaccines, also called boosters, are now authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for most people age 18 or older. Initial immunity from the vaccines can diminish over time and a booster shot is another dose of a vaccine that gives a “boost” to your immunity and helps protect you from the virus and severe COVID-19.

If You Are Immunocompromised

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals with weakened immune systems who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines obtain a third dose of either Pfizer or Moderna, as part of a three-dose, primary series. You’re eligible for your third dose of either of these vaccines one month after your second dose.

Individuals with a weakened immune system who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a booster with a Pfizer or Moderna shot at least one month after their initial dose.

Examples of those with weakened immune systems include, but are not limited to, those who have had a solid organ transplant such as a kidney or lung, have advanced or untreated HIV, or are undergoing chemotherapy or receiving other immune-suppressing treatment.

If You are NOT Immunocompromised

Pfizer or Moderna

If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and it’s been at least six months since your initial doses, you are eligible for a booster if you are 18 years or older—that’s all that’s required. You can get the same brand of shot you got the first time or “mix and match” and choose the other.

Johnson & Johnson 

Anyone age 18 or older who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago is eligible for a booster dose of any of three vaccine brands.  

Experts are encouraging Johnson & Johnson recipients to get either Moderna or Pfizer as a booster shot. 

If you are unsure if you qualify, talk to your healthcare provider about whether getting a booster dose is appropriate for you. For those who are not yet eligible to get a booster vaccine, UNC Health continues to closely monitor announcements from the FDA and CDC and will update our guidance accordingly.  Thank you for your patience as we work to confirm these details. Please check back here for updates.

Do I need to receive the extra dose from the same manufacturer of my first COVID-19 vaccination series (if I had Pfizer, can I get Moderna instead?)

Most people now can choose which of the vaccines they receive as a booster shot. For example, if you were initially fully vaccinated with Pfizer, you can opt to stick with Pfizer or get a Moderna booster.  This is called mix-and-match. In accordance with the FDA and CDC guidelines, UNC Health will allow patients to mix-and-match COVID vaccines. 

Why is the booster dose for Moderna only half a dose?

Moderna tested a booster of their vaccine at half the dose of each of the initial vaccination doses and found it worked well to bump antibody levels. Neither Pfizer nor Johnson & Johnson have presented data on boosting with doses other than those used in the initial shots.

What if I recently contracted COVID-19 and/or received monoclonal antibody therapy?

People who contract COVID-19 can make protective immune responses. However, studies show that re-infection is not uncommon and that those who had COVID-19 and get vaccinated have better protection against repeat infection than those who remain unvaccinated. The timing of vaccination after COVID-19 depends on different individual factors but vaccination can begin as soon as a person is no longer infectious (contagious).

Some people who get ill with COVID-19 can be treated with medications called monoclonal antibodies. These are antibodies created in a lab and designed to attach to the spikes on the surface of the COVID-19 virus. Theoretically, these antibodies could latch on to the spike proteins that the vaccines produce in the body, hiding them from the immune system and blunting a full response to the vaccine. It is not clear if this really happens, but to be safe, it is recommended that you wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at least 90 days after monoclonal antibody treatment.

Will additional boosters be required in the future?

Future booster shots may be needed to retain immunity against COVID-19 high and protect against any new variants. Whether or not we will we face a future with annual or semi-annual COVID-19 boosters depends on many factors including the strength of the protection provided by the vaccines, the proportion of the population that remains unvaccinated, and how much COVID-19 is being spread.

What should I do if I’m not eligible to receive a booster dose yet?

By being fully vaccinated, you still have a much lower risk of becoming infected with and seriously ill from COVID-19 than people who are not vaccinated. However, you should continue to follow all of the recommended COVID-19 precautions (remaining in your household bubble, wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and disinfecting potentially contaminated surfaces) to protect your loved ones, teammates and community.

Does a booster dose use vaccines that could have been given as an initial vaccine to someone outside of the United States?

This is a legitimate concern. COVID-19 is much more likely to continue to be a major health crisis if many people across the world remain unvaccinated. New variants may emerge in places outside the United States where vaccination is less available, causing illness and death among people there and potentially spreading here. The U.S. federal government has stated there is ample supply of vaccine to provide initial and booster doses in the United States, as well as donating 500 million to one billion doses to other countries in need of vaccines.

If I am immunocompromised, how can I schedule a supplemental dose of a COVID-19 vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals with weakened immune systems who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines obtain a third dose of either Pfizer or Moderna, as part of a three-dose, primary series. You’re eligible for your third dose of either of these vaccines one month after your second dose.

Individuals with a weakened immune system who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a booster with a Pfizer or Moderna shot at least one month after their initial dose.

Established UNC Health patients can schedule their booster dose through My UNC Chart. Booster doses are also widely available at local pharmacies and through the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). If you are not a UNC Health patient, please visit the NCDHHS website for a full listing of where vaccines are available in your community.

How can I schedule a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine?

Established UNC Health patients can schedule their booster dose through My UNC Chart. Booster doses are also widely available at local pharmacies and through the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). If you are not a UNC Health patient, please visit the NCDHHS website for a full listing of where vaccines are available in your community.

Do I need to bring anything with me to my booster dose appointment?

We encourage you to bring your vaccination card if you have it, but it is not required.

What type of booster should I get if I participated in a clinical trial and received a vaccine that is not yet authorized by the FDA such as the Novavax or AstraZeneca vaccines?

People who participated in clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines that are not yet authorized should contact their research site about the possibility of receiving a booster through the study. Some vaccine clinical trials are looking at boosting participants with the same vaccine. Even if the trial is not offering a booster shot, let the research staff know of your interest in a booster. There may be no or very little data about boosting a particular investigational vaccine with one of the authorized vaccines, so discuss your options with your healthcare provider.

VACCINES FOR ADOLESCENTS (ages 12 – 17)

Can my child get a vaccine without parental consent?

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend COVID-19 vaccine appointments with adolescent patients. If you cannot attend an appointment with your child, you can provide consent over the phone.

Is the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine effective for this age group?

In a clinical trial, involving 2,260 people ages 12 to 15, the Pfizer vaccine was found to be as – or more – effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 when compared to the studies with adults. None of the adolescents in the clinical trial who received the vaccine developed symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.  

What side effects did this age group experience from the Pfizer vaccine?

Almost all of the side effects experienced by the adolescents who received the vaccine in the clinical trial were expected, including a sore arm, headache, feeling tired, muscle aches and chills. These side effects were very similar to what they have seen in studies of adults who get the Pfizer vaccine.

We suggest you avoid scheduling a vaccine appointment the day before a final exam, dance recital, camp, travel or an important sporting event  – just in case.

In addition, one rare safety concern has been the risk of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis, the inflammation around the heart, which has appeared occasionally in younger adults who received the vaccine. The cases that have been reported are generally mild, thankfully, with the majority experiencing full recovery and most not even requiring hospitalization. Cases are more commonly seen among teenage boys than girls, and among teenagers than adults. Most importantly, the risk of myocarditis for children under 16 years is 37 times higher for those infected with COVID-19 than those who haven’t been infected with the virus.

Can my child get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with other planned vaccines?

Yes, other vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine can be received on the same day. 

My child is scared of needles. What should I do?

If your child has a fear of shots and/or needles, we suggest you do not tell them about the appointment too far in advance. It may be worse for them if they have too much time to think about it. Instead, wait for the day of the appointment to explain why they need the shot. You can tell them that it will keep them, their friends and loved ones safe, and help us return to a more normal life.

Make sure you tell the person who is administering your child’s shot if they have a history of fainting with needles. If your child has fainted while getting a shot before, the CDC recommends they do the following:

  • Have a beverage or snack before getting your vaccine.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply before getting the vaccine and think of something relaxing.
  • Sit or lie down after you receive your vaccine.

VACCINES FOR CHILDREN (ages 5 – 11)

Can my child get a vaccine without parental consent?

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend COVID-19 vaccine appointments with adolescent patients. If you cannot attend an appointment with your child, you can provide consent over the phone.

Is the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine effective for this age group?

In a clinical trial, 2,268 children ages 5 to 11, the Pfizer vaccine was found to effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and safe in this age group. The study, which included children who did not have evidence of a prior COVID-19 infection, three cases of COVID-19 occurred among 1,305 vaccine recipients, and 16 cases of COVID-19 occurred among the 663 placebo recipients. The vaccine was 90.7 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

What side effects did this age group experience from the Pfizer vaccine?

The clinical trial data show there were no serious side effects in this age group and that side effects of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are similar across all age groups. They include a sore arm, headache, feeling tired, muscle aches and chills. These side effects are very similar to what researchers have seen in studies of teens and adults who get the Pfizer vaccine. Side effects were more often reported after the second dose than the first.

About 1,400 vaccine recipients were followed for safety for at least two months after the second dose and there were no serious side effects. There were no cases of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, in the Pfizer COVID-19 clinical trial for this age group.

Your child may experience flu-like symptoms after his or her shot, so avoid scheduling a vaccine appointment the day before a big test, dance recital, camp, travel or an important sporting event—just in case. Also, there is no need to pre-medicate before your child gets the vaccine, but it is fine to give Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen after vaccination for arm pain or muscle aches.

What is the risk of myocarditis for this age group?

There were no cases of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, in the Pfizer COVID-19 clinical trial for this age group.

Is the dose for this age group the same as the adult one?

No. The children in this age group are given a lower dose of the vaccine—10 micrograms, compared with 30 micrograms in people ages 12 and older.

If COVID-19 isn't that bad in kids, why do they need a vaccine?

Although most children typically don’t get as sick with COVID-19 as adults, that’s not the case for everyone. More than 5 million children have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic, and COVID-19 cases among children have risen more than 240 percent since July 2021. In addition, some children and teenagers get extremely sick, and about 400 children have died. Children who experience symptomatic infections can have long-term side effects such as fatigue, shortness of breath and brain fog, as well.

Finally, the goal of immunization is not only to prevent an infection for the individual, but to prevent further spread. We have to remember that every time you have a virus spread from one person to another, that raises the likelihood of having a mutation (or variant) such as the delta variant.

Can my child get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with other planned vaccines?

Yes, other vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine can be received on the same day. 

My child is scared of needles. What should I do?

If your child has a fear of shots and/or needles, we suggest you do not tell them about the appointment too far in advance. It may be worse for them if they have too much time to think about it. Instead, wait for the day of the appointment to explain why they need the shot. You can tell them that it will keep them, their friends and loved ones safe, and help us return to a more normal life.

Make sure you tell the person who is administering your child’s shot if they have a history of fainting with needles. If your child has fainted while getting a shot before, the CDC recommends they do the following:

  • Have a beverage or snack before getting your vaccine.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply before getting the vaccine and think of something relaxing.
  • Sit or lie down after you receive your vaccine.

If my child has had COVID-19, do they need to get the shot?

Yes. At this time, the data support vaccination for those who have previously been infected with COVID-19. We know you can get the virus more than once, plus it remains unclear how long protection from infection lasts. There is also concern that infection may not offer protection against newer variants. Getting a vaccine after having COVID-19 will provide an additional boost to your child’s immune system against the virus.

If your child had COVID-19, they should NOT come to a medical facility until:

  • It has been 10 days since their first had signs of COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test 
  • AND They have been fever-free for 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medications 
  • AND Their other symptoms of COVID-19 are getting better.

After my child is vaccinated, do they still need to wear a mask at school?

Given the spread of the delta variant, even if you are fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends you still wear a mask. Hopefully if enough children get vaccinated and we get a better handle on the pandemic, masks would not be needed in schools.

YOUR VACCINE APPOINTMENT

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

UNC Health offers vaccines at multiple locations throughout North Carolina. You can see all locations with open appointments when scheduling your appointment or by calling (984) 215-5485. We encourage minors to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Supplemental doses are widely available at local pharmacies and through NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Visit the NCDHHS website for a full listing of where vaccines are available in your community.

Do I have to live in the county where I get the vaccine?

No. You can go to any location that is most convenient for you.

Where can I find my appointment details?

If you have a My UNC Chart account, you can find your appointment details there. If you do not have a My UNC Chart account, you should have received a confirmation email or text message with appointment details.

You can call 984-215-5485 with any questions or concerns. The scheduling line is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How can I change or cancel my vaccination appointment?

If you have a My UNC Chart account, you can reschedule or cancel your appointment there. If you do not have a My UNC Chart account, please call 984-215-5485. The scheduling line is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How long will I need to wait after receiving my shot before I can drive home?

Everyone is monitored for at least 15 minutes after getting the shot. Please plan to wait up to 30 minutes after you receive your vaccine before you can leave to drive home.

Is there a cost for UNC Health patients to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

There will be no charge to patients. If you have insurance, we will bill your insurance company. The patient will have no responsibility for any payment.

I received a phone call from UNC Health asking for my personal information including my social security number so I could get the COVID-19 vaccines. Why would they need this?

UNC Health will never ask patients for personal information such as social security numbers, bank accounts or other financial data. COVID-19 vaccines are not for sale, and no one representing themselves as having vaccines for sale is a legitimate representative of UNC Health or the UNC Health Alliance.

SAFETY

How can I be sure the vaccines are effective and safe?

UNC Health is confident in the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were each studied in large clinical trials that enrolled tens of thousands of people. These trials include both women and men from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. They found that the vaccines are well-tolerated with no unexpected unfavorable effects.

The FDA continues to monitor the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. Over 200 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (more that 180 million have been fully vaccinated). Worldwide almost half of all people on the planet have had a COVID-19 shot. Serious side effects following vaccination with the three vaccines used in the United States have been extremely rare.

About a dozen women out of several million who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine developed a rare type of stroke. In addition, myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, has been observed especially in young men and boys who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Most of these cases resolved quickly. In one large study of people receiving the Pfizer vaccine, there was a slightly higher risk of myocarditis among those vaccinated compared to those unvaccinated. However, for those who were not vaccinated and got infected, there was a much higher risk of myocarditis compared to those who did not get infected. Therefore, when it comes to myocarditis, COVID-19 was a greater risk than vaccination.

Did those who made or approved the vaccines cut any corners to make it available faster?

The development of the COVID-19 vaccines – and the clinical trials testing their safety and effectiveness – were accomplished in record time but without any cutting of corners or disregarding of standard research procedures. This was to respond to the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Scientists from across the world, including at UNC, worked hard to conduct large, rigorous studies to ensure the safety of the vaccines before they became available. These clinical trials also included a diverse group of participants. In addition, two groups of non-government scientists – along with the FDA and CDC – independently reviewed the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine before they became available in the U.S.

Can the vaccines cause COVID-19?

No. The vaccines do not contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. All of the COVID-19 vaccines work by helping your body build up its defenses against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Are there any groups who should NOT get a vaccine?

At this time, children under the age of 12 cannot get a vaccine.

If you have a history of severe allergic reactions, especially to vaccines, discuss getting the COVID-19 vaccine with your doctor and possibly an allergist. If you have a known allergy to the components of the COVID-19 vaccines, you should not receive them.

If you have a history of fainting with needles or a fear of shots, the CDC recommends doing the following:

  • Have a beverage or snack before getting your vaccine.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply before getting the vaccine and think of something relaxing.
  • Sit or lie down after you receive your vaccine.

Note: Pregnant women are encouraged by to get the COVID-19 vaccine by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

If someone has allergies, including allergies to the flu vaccine, should they receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

At this time, only those with a known allergy to the components of the COVID-19 vaccines should not receive them. If you have a history of severe allergic reactions – especially to vaccines – you should discuss your situation with your primary care provider before scheduling your vaccination appointment. For all other types of allergies including to food, pollens, pets, insect stings, latex and oral medications, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly recommended. Additionally, a history of allergic reactions to other vaccines may not indicate an allergy to this one.

Everyone is monitored for at least 15 minutes after getting the shot, and if you have a history of severe allergic reactions, you will be monitored for 30 minutes. It is important that you share any history of severe allergic reactions to those providing a COVID-19 vaccine, so you can be monitored appropriately.

Although the likelihood of a bad reaction is very small, our patients’ safety is our priority and our medical staff is fully prepared. The observation period is required, medication (epinephrine) is available, and everyone has the right training to make sure you are safe.

EFFECTIVENESS OF THE VACCINES

How long is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?

Studies are looking at how long the vaccines provide protection from getting infected with or sick with COVID-19. At present, the data suggest the vaccine remain effective for at least 6 months to a year.

Are the vaccines effective against the new types of COVID-19?

Viruses are constantly changing, and new versions—called variants—can develop. At present, the delta variant is responsible for almost all COVID-19 cases in the US. The three vaccines available in the United States provide high levels of protection against severe disease due to delta. However, there has been some decrease in vaccines’ protection from becoming infected with this variant. Among those who get infected despite being fully vaccinated, there is not only a reduced risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 but also a short time that the virus can be found in the nose or throat – meaning a lower likelihood to spread the infection to others.

Can I still get COVID-19 if I have been vaccinated?

Yes, but the vast majority of breakthrough cases are mild or even asymptomatic (no symptoms). Vaccines aren’t meant to completely prevent infection or even mild cases. The main goal of any vaccine is to keep you from getting very sick and needing to go to the hospital or dying if the virus enters your body. That is what we are seeing now, with over 90 percent of those getting hospitalized with COVID-19 being those who are not vaccinated.

SIDE EFFECTS

Will I experience side effects right after I get the vaccine?

Your arm may be sore, red or warm to the touch after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Other possible side effects include a headache, fever, chills or muscle aches – especially after receiving the second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. These symptoms usually go away on their own within 1-2 days. Side effects are normal and are a sign the vaccine is working. If you get a sore arm, it can help to move it often. For headaches and body aches, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is preferred, but you can take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) if needed. Rest if you can.

Are there long-term side effects to the vaccines?

In clinical trials, there have been no reports of long-term side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines. Since then, a small number of people out of millions were diagnosed with a rare type of stroke after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All of the people diagnosed with this stroke have been adult women. 

What should I do if I have any side effects or adverse reactions after my vaccine?

You should talk to your primary care doctor if you are concerned about your side effects. If you do not have a doctor, please call the place where you received your shot with any concerns.

YOUR SECOND DOSE

How do I schedule my second dose of the vaccine?

If you receive a two-dose vaccine, you will make your appointment for your second dose of the vaccine at your first vaccine appointment. If you need to change your appointment for your second dose, you can do so in My UNC Chart.

If you do not have a UNC MyChart account, please call (984) 215-5485.  The scheduling line is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Can I schedule my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at UNC Health if I received the first one elsewhere?

UNC Health asks that you get your second dose at the same location where you received your first dose. If you are unable to get a vaccine at the location where you received your first dose, please call 984-215-5485. The scheduling line is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 after getting the first dose of a vaccine?

If you got a vaccine that requires two doses and you test positive for COVID-19 after your first dose, you should NOT come in for your second vaccine until:

  • It has been 10 days since you first had signs of COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test AND
  • You have been fever-free for 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medications AND
  • Your other symptoms of COVID-19 are getting better.

If you received monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19, please wait for at least 90 days before scheduling your second-dose appointment.

If you have a My UNC Chart account, you may cancel your appointment online by going to www.myuncchart.org. If you do not have a My UNC Chart account, please call the location where you received your first shot to cancel or reschedule your appointment or call (984)-215-5485.

BECOMING FULLY VACCINATED

How soon after I get a COVID-19 vaccine – either first or second dose – can I spend time with others? Do I still need to wear a mask?

It takes time for your body to build up protections against COVID-19 after your vaccine. If you get a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), you are considered to be fully protected from COVID two weeks after receiving your second dose. If you get a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), you are considered fully protected two weeks after receiving your vaccine. Given the spread of the delta variant, even if you are fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends you still wear a mask.

Do I still need to quarantine if I have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 even if I am fully vaccinated?

According to the CDC, you should quarantine if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested three to five days after their exposure even if they don’t have symptoms.

Get Your Vaccine Today

Schedule an appointment to receive your COVID-19 Vaccine at a UNC Health facility. We offer both two-dose (Pfizer and Moderna) and one-dose (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines.

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Booster Guidance

Read latest guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccines- who is eligible, which vaccine needs a booster, and more.

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UNC Health Immunization Records (including Covid-19 Vaccination)

Your UNC Health immunization record can be found in My UNC Chart.  If you have My UNC Chart, you can login to access these records. If you do not have My UNC Chart and would like to activate your account, you may activate online at https://myuncchart.org/MyChart/accesscheck.asp or by calling UNC HealthLink at;(888) 996-2767. You may also contact UNC Health Medical Records at 984-974-3226 for a copy of your Epic@UNC immunization record, but please note that they will not be distributing CDC Vaccination Cards.

NC DHHS Immunization Record

You may also contact NC DHHS on their Help Desk number at (877) 873-6247 to get your vaccination records printout.