Everyone in North Carolina age 16 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 MySpot.nc.gov 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 16 and 17 years old.
It 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.
Until enough of us are protected by the vaccines, we need to keep protecting each other. That’s why we all need to keep practicing the 3 Ws - wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart and wash your hands.