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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will help us get back in control of our lives and back to the people and places we love

Scientists had a head start. The vaccines were built upon years of work to develop vaccines for similar viruses.

Tested, safe and effective. 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-19 illness. Volunteers included Black/African Americans, Hispanics/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.

You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have temporary reactions like a sore arm, headache or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine.

Take your shot at no cost. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for free, whether or not you have insurance.

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Your best shot at stopping COVID-19

You have a spot, take your shot. A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal public health advisory committees recommend first protecting health care workers, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Keep practicing the 3 Ws wear a mask, wait six feet apart, wash your hands until most people have a chance to get vaccinated.


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Our goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible given the limited supply of vaccines. North Carolina moves through vaccination groups by aligning to federal priorities while empowering local health departments and hospitals with flexibility to move to the next priority group as they complete groups and have vaccines available.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Guiding Principles: Everyone has a spot to get their shot


Everyone has access

All North Carolinians have equitable access to vaccines


Inclusion and respect

Vaccine planning and distribution is inclusive and draws upon the experience and expertise of leaders from historically marginalized populations


Keeping you informed

Transparent, accurate, and frequent public communications is essential to building trust


Informed decision-making

Data is used to promote equity, track progress and guide decision-making


Continuous improvement

Appropriate stewardship of resources and continuous evaluation and improvement drive successful implementation