CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines
The Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (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 6 months or older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines
People 6 months-17 years of age are eligible for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. Health Services requires written permission from a parent/legal guardian to administer vaccines to those 6 months-15 years of age and to administer booster vaccines to those aged 5-17. If someone else brings your child to their appointment, complete a consent form to send with them. Click here to download consent form.
Español: Las personas de 6 meses a 17 años son elegibles para la vacuna Pfizer y Moderna. Los Servicios de Salud requieren el permiso por escrito de un padre/tutor legal para administrar vacunas a los que tienen entre 6 meses y 15 años de edad y para administrar vacunas de refuerzo a los que tienen entre 5 y 17 años. Si alguien más trae a su hijo a su cita, complete un formulario de consentimiento para enviarlo. Descargue un formulario de permiso aquí. Para programar la cita de su hijo/a, llame al 910-253-2339 oprograme en línea aquí.
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Brunswick County Main Clinic
Vaccines are available by appointment at our main clinic in Bolivia. Individuals and/or parents can book appointments online or call the Public Health Call Line:
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Call the Public Health Call Line at 253.2339 (Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays)
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.
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.
The vaccination clinic in Bolivia follows the state guidelines for a clinical setting and require everyone to wear masks.
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.
Brunswick County Pop-up Clinics
Eligible individuals 6 months and older can get vaccinated at the various pop-up clinics across the county. Appointments are not required at the pop-up clinics unless stated otherwise. You may view the upcoming pop-up clinics schedule at brunswickcountync.gov/covid19clinics
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Additional Doses and Boosters
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.
Note: With the bivalent vaccine authorization, the monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized as booster doses for individuals 12 years of age and older. The bivalent vaccines are the only available COVID-19 boosters for individuals 12 years and older.
Those aged 5-11 years are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech version of the booster only.
Those aged 12-17 years are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech verson of the updated booster only. Those aged 18 years and older are eligible for the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech version of the updated booster.
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.
All adults who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen primary vaccine and a J&J booster dose: May receive the updated booster using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months after their booster dose.
For more information on the updated vaccine boosters and eligibility criteria, visit COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters | NC COVID-19 (ncdhhs.gov) or individuals can call the Public Health Call Line, 910-253-2339, during regular hours of operation for any questions they may have about booster vaccines.
Follow the link below for a tool to help you determine if your eligible for a booster.
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets
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COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers
PFIZER BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE
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MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE
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JANSSEN (J&J) COVID-19 VACCINE
Novavax COVID-19, Adjuvanted Vaccine
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V-SAFE INFORMATION SHEET
Frequently Asked Vaccine Questions
- Q: Do vaccines exist that are safe and work in preventing COVID-19?
- Q: Who verifies that the vaccines are safe and can prevent COVID-19?
- Q: What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?
- Q: What happens after an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is issued?
- Q: How will staff and residents in long-term care facilities be vaccinated?
- Q: Do the vaccines cause side effects?
- Q: If two shots are necessary, how will people know when to get their second shot?
- Q: How much will it cost for me to get vaccinated?
- Q: Will people who have been vaccinated still need to be quarantined?
- Q: Do people who have already had COVID-19 still need to be vaccinated?
Yes. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, and Novavax COVID-19 Adjuvanted Vaccine 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.
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.
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 information and EUA fact sheet documents from the CDC for current and potential COVID-19 EUA vaccines here.
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.
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.
Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and severe reactions after vaccination are rare. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect people from getting severely ill with COVID-19. Side effects and adverse events could follow any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination.
Side effects: Not everyone experiences side effects. However, some people do. Side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection. Side effects may have a short-term affect on your ability to do daily activities and should go away in a few days. If you would like to report a side effect, use V-safe.
Common side effects include:
- Pain, redness, or swelling on the arm where you got the shot.
- Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of your body.
Adverse events: Adverse events are rare but could cause a long-term health problem. If an adverse event occurs, it will generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. If you would like to report an adverse event, use Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
- During clinical trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collected data on each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines for a minimum of two months (eight weeks) after the final dose.
- Currently, CDC, FDA, and other federal agencies continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
Severe allergic reactions: Severe allergic reactions after COVID-19 vaccination are rare. Anyone who had a severe allergic reaction after getting an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) should not get another dose of either of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Anyone who had a severe allergic reaction after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, should not receive another dose of that vaccine.
After a Second Shot or a Booster Shot
Side effects after the second shot may be more intense than the ones experienced after the first shot. These side effects are normal signs that the body is building protection and should go away within a few days.
So far, reactions reported after getting a booster shot are similar to those after the two-dose or single-dose primary shots. Most side effects were mild to moderate.
The most commonly reported side effects were:
- Pain at the injection site
Helpful Tips to Relieve Side Effects
To reduce pain and discomfort where the shot is given:
- Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.
- Use or exercise your arm.
To reduce discomfort from fever:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Dress lightly.
For any pain and discomfort experienced after getting vaccinated, talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin (only for people ages 18 years or older), or antihistamines.
- It is not recommended to take these medicines before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects.
- People can take these medications to relieve side effects after vaccination if they have no other medical reasons that prevent them from taking these medications normally.
- Ask your child’s healthcare provider for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever and other steps you can take at home to comfort your child after vaccination.
When to Call a Doctor about a Side Effect
In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that the body is building protection. Side effects can affect you or your child’s ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Contact a doctor or healthcare provider:
- If the redness or tenderness where the shot was given gets worse after 24 hours
- If the side effects are worrying or do not seem to be going away after a few days
For more information about what to expect after a vaccine, click here.
Click here for updated information from the CDC.
What You Need to Know:
- CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters for their age group:
- People ages 6 months through 4 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses.
- People ages 5 years and older should get all primary series doses, and the booster dose recommended for them by CDC, if eligible.
- People ages 5 years to 11 years are currently recommended to get the original (monovalent) booster.
- People ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive one updated Pfizer or Moderna (bivalent) booster.
- This includes people who have received all primary series doses and people who have previously received one or more original (monovalent) boosters.
- At this time, people aged 12 years to 17 years can only receive the updated Pfizer bivalent booster.
- Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.
- COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest data.
The COVID-19 vaccines will be available to everyone for free, whether or not you have health insurance. The federal government is purchasing the vaccines.
- 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.
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.