COVID-19 Vaccines

Centers for Disease Prevention & Control’s (CDC) new recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines

The CDC now recommends Moderna & Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines as best choice for most people for preventing severe infection from COVID-19. People who prefer to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will continue to have access to it, given they do not have any contraindications, as will people who cannot receive an mRNA vaccine. The CDC emphasizes that receiving any vaccine, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, is better than being unvaccinated.

All community members aged 5 or older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

Note: Those aged 5-17 are eligible for the Pfizer version of the vaccine only. Health Services requires written permission from a parent/legal guardian to administer vaccines to those aged 5-15 and to administer booster vaccines to those aged 12-17. If someone else brings your child to their appointment, complete a consent form to send with them. Click here to download consent form.

Español: Los niños de 5-11 años ahora son elegibles para programar citas y recibir la vacuna pediátrica COVID-19 de Pfizer BioNTech en la clínica de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Brunswick en Bolivia. Las vacunas COVID-19 son gratuitas y no se requiere seguro. Si su hijo va a asistir a su cita con alguien que no sea su padre o tutor legal, el padre/tutor legal deberá enviar un formulario de permiso firmado con el niño. Descargue un formulario de permiso aquí. Para programar la cita de su hijo/a, llame al 910-253-2339 oprograme en línea aquí.

Note: Individuals will create an account when they select an appointment slot to receive a confirmation and other notifications about their appointment(s). The online scheduling system is available in English and Spanish.

Where to Get Vaccinated

Health Services is offering first and second doses for everyone aged 5 and up, third additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna (mRNA) vaccines for the immunocompromised, and booster vaccines (aged 18 and up).

Anyone who needs to speak with someone or who does not have access to a computer or Internet can call the Public Health Call Line (910.253.2339) for assistance.

Brunswick County Health Services can accommodate vaccines for individuals who received their first dose somewhere else. Bring documentation of your first dose in the event we are unable to locate your records in CVMS.

Ages 12 and Older

Vaccinations for those aged 12 and older are available at the Brunswick County drive-thru clinic in Shallotte. Appointments are no longer required at the Shallotte drive-thru, although community members can still book appointments for the drive-thru clinic in Shallotte if they prefer.

Drive-thru Clinic

Coastal Cinemas 10 in Shallotte (5200 Bridgers Road)

Hours of Operation (Closed from 12-1 pm for lunch)

  • Monday-Thursday (9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-3:45 p.m.)
  • Friday (9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) (Clinic closed Friday, Jan. 21 due to inclement weather)

See Upcoming Clinic Locations:

Ages 5-11 (Pediatric Vaccines)

The Pfizer pediatric vaccine for age 5-11 is available by appointment only at Brunswick County Health Services main clinic in Bolivia (25 Courthouse Drive). Parents can book appointments online or call the Public Health Call Line to schedule an appointment:

  • Schedule online here
  • Call the Public Health Call Line at 910.253.2339 (Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays)

Health Services requires written permission from a parent/legal guardian to administer vaccines to those aged 5-15. If someone else brings your child to their appointment, complete a consent form to send with them. Forms are available for download at

Additional Doses and Boosters

Third Additional Doses

Third additional doses of the Pfizer and Moderna (mRNA) vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people are available to eligible community members. Individuals are required to self-attest to being moderately to severely immunocompromised when they arrive for their third dose appointment. Third additional doses should be administered at least 28 days after the second dose.

Public Health Call Line: 910.253.2339

Open Monday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding county-observed holidays

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Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Vaccine Eligibility

Individuals aged 12 and up, who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, are eligible to receive a booster shot following 5 months or more after their initial series.

At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12 and 17. Written parental consent is required. If you will not be with your child, complete a consent form to send with them. Forms are available for download above.

Moderna Booster Vaccine Eligibility

Individuals aged 18 and up, who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, are eligible to receive a booster shot following 5 months or more after their initial series.

Johnson & Johnson Booster Vaccine Eligibility

Individuals aged 18 and up, who received a J&J vaccine and who do not have any contraindications of the J&J vaccine or who cannot receive an mRNA vaccine, are eligible to receive a booster shot following two or more months after their initial dose.

Note: Individuals are now able to receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot, however the CDC now recommends the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines as the best choice for most people for preventing severe infection from COVID-19. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. Individuals can call the Public Health Call Line during regular hours of operation for any questions they may have about booster vaccines.

Other Vaccination Opportunities

COVID-19 vaccines may be available at the following locations, as supplies are available. Make sure you check with these locations directly for questions about their vaccination process and/or events and to see if you need to schedule an appointment first.

Frequently Asked Vaccine Questions

Are there vaccines that are safe and work in preventing COVID-19?

Yes. Three vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have proven to provide significant protection against COVID-19 and protect against virus-related hospitalization and death, with no serious safety concerns in the clinical trials. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety from the CDC here.

Who verifies that the vaccines are safe and can prevent COVID-19?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure all food and drugs are safe. The COVID-19 vaccines must pass clinical trials like other drugs and vaccines. The FDA checks the work and authorizes vaccines only if they are safe and effective. Because vaccines are given to millions of healthy people to prevent serious diseases, they’re held to very high safety standards.

The FDA can get vaccines to people faster through an Emergency Use Authorization. After the FDA has authorized a vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) independent advisory committee reviews the data before advising the CDC on recommending a vaccine for use among the general public. Like all vaccines, the FDA keeps checking safety through the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Health care providers are required to report serious side effects, or if someone gets seriously ill with COVID-19. There is also a smartphone-based health checker called V-SAFE that uses text messaging and web surveys to do health check-ins after people receive a COVID-19 vaccination. People can report any problems they may have with a vaccine through V-SAFE.

What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?
An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to get a safe COVID-19 vaccine to you quickly during a public health emergency. An independent advisory committee makes sure the vaccines are safe and work before issuing an EUA. Find the latest infomration and EUA fact sheet documents from the CDC for current and potential COVID-19 EUA vaccines here.
What happens after an EUA is issued?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will review the data and recommend who should be vaccinated based on clinical trial results. This ensures that the vaccine is safe and effective for those who get it.

How will staff and residents in long-term care facilities be vaccinated?

The federal government is managing vaccinations for most staff and residents of long-term care facilities, however, those doses will come from the state’s allotment. Long-term care facilities include skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes, family care homes, group homes and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The federal government, in coordination with the CDC, has created the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program with CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate people in these settings. These pharmacies will work directly with long-term care facilities to provide vaccines separate from the vaccination efforts being coordinated by the state.

Are there side effects from the vaccines?

So far, no serious side effects have been reported. However, people have reported temporary reactions like sore arms, fevers and tiredness 24-48 hours after receiving the vaccine. As a result, vaccinations in prioritized settings, such as hospitals and long-term care facilities, may be staggered. We will have more information on the side effects from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines when the findings from the clinical trials become available.

If two shots are necessary, how will people know when to get their second shot?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, given a set number of days apart. It is important to know when a person received the first dose of vaccine, and which vaccine, to ensure they receive the second dose of the same vaccine at the right time. The shot you take, and when you need the second dose, is health information that is carefully managed to protect your privacy. North Carolina uses a secure data system called the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS) to manage vaccinations. When a person gets a first dose, they will be given information on when to come back for a second dose and asked to make a second appointment. They will also be given a card with information about which vaccine they got for their first dose and the date of that dose.

How much will the vaccines cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone for free, whether or not you have health insurance. The federal government is purchasing the vaccines.

Will people who have been vaccinated still need to be quarantined?

You should still get tested if you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 5-7 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • If your test result is positive, isolate at home for 10 days.
Do people who have had COVID-19 still need to be vaccinated?

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 because:

  • Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19.

Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you or your child has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child have recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C. Learn more about the clinical considerations for people with a history of multisystem MIS-C or MIS-A.

Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

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