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 100,000 people volunteered in clinical trials for all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) to make sure they are safe and work to prevent COVID-19 illness. The vaccines help protect you from COVID-19 and are extremely effective in preventing death and hospitalization from COVID-19 with no serious safety concerns noted in any of 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, fever or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine.
Take your shot at no cost. The COVID-19 vaccine is available for free, whether or not you have insurance.
Everyone can be vaccinated, regardless of their immigration status. Getting vaccinated will not affect your immigration status. Personal information about your health and identity is carefully managed to protect your privacy. It is not shared with CDC or ICE.
After you are fully vaccinated, you can get back to activities like gathering with other vaccinated friends and family without masks!
More information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services here.
More information from the CDC here.
Third Doses and Booster Doses
New COVID-19 vaccine guidelines for immunocompromised people
An third dose is suggested when someone’s immune response is potentially not strong enough to protect them after the first two initial doses.
The CDC recommends an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who’s immune response is potentially not strong enough to protect them after the first two initial doses. This includes moderately to severely immunocompromised people who have completed a vaccination series with either Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna and have:
- Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies (blood cancers)
- Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
You should talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for you. If your healthcare provider has recommended a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to help your immune system because of one of these conditions or treatments, please call for an appointment at one of our health department locations or visit your doctor.
Booster Doses vs. Third Doses
Booster doses and third doses are not the same. The booster shot is a dose of the COVID vaccine for a sufficient immune system, but the vaccine’s effectiveness has lessened over time. The booster dose will be for those that are fully vaccinated 8 months ago or more. Booster doses are not available yet, but will be in the near future. Continue to check our website for updates on booster vaccine availability.
*Individuals that received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible for an additional dose or booster at this time.
Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment
Please call the GVPH COVID Vaccine Hotline at 252-295-1503 to schedule an appointment. We are currently providing vaccines by appointment only – please do not show up to the health department without an appointment.
In order to receive a vaccine, everyone is required to be registered in the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS) – see more about CVMS here. When you call to make an appointment, you will be asked a series of questions in order to get you registered in CVMS if you are not already registered.
Find other local vaccine providers near you by visiting https://myspot.nc.gov/.
Information about Community-Based Vaccine Events
Granville Vance Public Health is offering vaccines in various locations around our community as requested by employers, community members, and local organizations. If you are interested in partnering with us to host a community-based vaccine event, please contact Gerald McNair, Vaccine Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com or 919-277-1485. We will work together to determine a mutually agreeable date for us to be at a community location for about 3 hours to offer vaccines – this can be after business hours or on weekends as needed. When providing vaccines for community-based events, we typically ask the partner who is hosting the event to advertise and have conversations with friends, colleagues, family, neighbors, etc. to raise awareness about the vaccines and share the importance of getting a vaccine. We have found that YOU are one of the most trusted sources of information for those still making a decision about their vaccine. We are happy to provide whatever information is needed to support you in this communication including electronic or printed materials.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
See answers to your frequently asked questions on the NC DHHS COVID-19 vaccines webpage.
COVID-19 Vaccine Rates in Granville & Vance Counties
The NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard has the most up-to-date information about vaccines given across our health district and North Carolina.