County-by-county guide: Here’s when, where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine

County-by-county guide: Here’s when, where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine

As coronavirus vaccines begin to be administered across the country, Channel 9 will provide the latest information on where you can access the COVID-19 vaccine and when it will be available to everyone in the Carolinas.

North Carolina has administered more than 238,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. South Carolina has administered more than 137,000 doses.

According to the North Carolina Health Department, the vaccine will be made available through vaccination groups. Currently, people in Groups 1 and 2 are eligible to get vaccinated.

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Group 1: Health care workers fighting COVID-19 and long-term care staff and residents (December 2020)

  • Hospitals and local health departments are vaccinating health care workers caring for and working directly with patients with COVID-19 and those giving vaccines. In addition, the federal government is vaccinating long-term care residents and staff.

Group 2: Adults 65 years or older and frontline essential workers (early January)

  • Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation.

Group 3: Frontline essential workers (TBD)

  • The CDC defines frontline essential workers as workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and who are at substantially higher risk for exposure to COVID-19.

Group 4: Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness (TBD)

  • Anyone 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID-19 such as cancer, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, among others, regardless of living situation
  • Anyone who is incarcerated or living in other close group living settings who is not already vaccinated due to age, medical condition or job function
  • Essential workers not yet vaccinated. (The CDC defines these as workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (e.g., construction), finance (e.g., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, public safety (e.g., engineers) and public health workers).

Group 5: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination (TBD)

Learn more about North Carolina’s plan for vaccine prioritization and distribution at NC DHHS COVID-19: Vaccines or view this Infographic of Vaccine Phases.

All vaccine providers are expected to ensure that vaccine is administered equitably within each group.

The NCDHHS has a specific focus on building trust with historically marginalized populations. Longstanding and continuing racial and ethnic injustices in our health care system contribute to lack of trust in vaccines.

The department is partnering with trusted leaders and organizations to provide accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines to all North Carolinians and ensure equitable access to vaccines.

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Below is a list of local counties that have released their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan:

Alexander County:

The Alexander County Health Department began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 6 to individuals 75 or older. Vaccination clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Health Department and on Thursday at the Alexander Senior Center. Appointments are required to receive the free vaccination.

A new COVID-19 vaccine hotline (828-352-7724) has been established to allow the public to make appointments more easily. If there is no answer, citizens should leave a message with their name and phone number, and a staff member will return their call as soon as possible to arrange an appointment date and time.

Residents can also submit their contact information here to be scheduled for an appointment.

Health officials said on Thursday that they will continue to vaccinate health care workers and those 75 or older until they receive more doses of the vaccine. Once they do, they will then begin vaccinations for adults 65 or older.

Anson County:

The Anson County Health Department started giving vaccines to individuals 75 or older this week. To make an appointment call the Anson County Health Department at 704-694-5188.

AppHealthCare has partnered with Boone Drugs, Inc to help administer pre-scheduled appointments for COVID-19 this week. Through the partnership, AppHealthCare has utilized the individuals eligible that are 75 years or older to assign their appointments to one of three Boone Drug locations: Boone Drug at New Market, Boone Drug at Deerfield, and the Horn in the West site to receive their vaccine at their appointment time.

Individuals can go today to the COVID-19 vaccine interest form to sign up for more information about an appointment as the vaccine phases progress. As supplies become available and a new phase is launched, AppHealthCare will reach out to schedule more people for their shot. Everyone will have an opportunity to get their shot.

Burke County:

The Burke County vaccination team made changes to registering for the COVID-19 vaccination. If you are 75 years or older and were notified by email or phone call that you were added to a registration list, then you will be contacted to schedule an appointment. Otherwise, you need to call 580-6147 to schedule an appointment.

If you fall into the other priority groups and you have received an email or phone call and were told that you were added to a list for your priority group, then you will be contacted to set up an appointment when your group is ready to be vaccinated. Otherwise, you will need to call 580-6147 to schedule an appointment.

As of Jan. 12, anyone interested in registering for a COVID-19 vaccine will need to call 580-6147 to schedule an appointment.

There is no need to call the Health Department because Blue Ridge Healthcare System will be scheduling the appointments for the community when vaccine is available.

Staff for these Community clinics will be from Blue Ridge Healthcare System, Burke County Health Department and community volunteers.

Cabarrus County:

Cabarrus Health Alliance announced on Thursday that people in Group 2 --adults 65 or older -- can now schedule appointments to get the vaccine.

Cabarrus County hosted its first COVID-19 drive-thru clinic on Jan. 6 for those in Group 1. Nearly 1,100 individuals were vaccinated in an extended clinic and those at the back of the line were offered appointments to return on Sunday to avoid any additional wait.

CHA will be moving to an online appointment system for future COVID-19 vaccine clinics. All future clinics will be by appointment only.

Online appointments for clinics on Jan. 14, 19, 22 and 23 will open at 3 p.m. on Jan. 11.

  • Visit: cabarrushealth.org/vaccineclinics
  • Select your appointment date and then click the ‘Schedule Appointment’ link in the table
  • Complete one appointment form per patient
  • Write down your appointment information: date, time
  • Please bring all required documents with you, visit cabarrushealth.org/covidvax to review required materials

If individuals arrive more than 30 minutes prior to their appointment, they will be asked to return closer to their appointment time. Any person without an appointment will be turned away and asked to make an appointment.

Second Dose Appointments:

CHA will be opening second dose appointments on Jan. 18. Individuals who have already received their first dose, were given a ‘COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card’. The date on the back of that card is NOT an appointment, it is the first day the patient is eligible to receive their second dose:

• Pfizer second dose can be administered as early as 21 days after the first dose

• Moderna second dose can be administered as early as 28 days after the first dose

Health officials are asking individuals who received their first dose to monitor the COVID-19 Vaccine website for clinic dates that are on or after the date listed on the back of their ‘COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card’.

Caldwell County:

Caldwell County Health Department has extended its COVID-19 vaccination plan to include people 65 and older in the current phase.

Anyone over the age of 65 who is already on the waiting does not need to sign up again. Health department staff is working through the waiting list, but it may take up to two weeks for people in this age group to receive a call back for an appointment.

Sign up for the waiting list anytime online at vaccine.caldwellcountync.org or people 65 and older can sign up by calling 828-426-8486 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Catawba County:

Catawba County said Thursday that adults 65 or older can now make appointments to get vaccinated. This comes as North Carolina expanded those who can get the COVID-19 vaccine to Group 2.

Appointments can be made by calling the Catawba County Public Health Vaccination Appointment Line (828-695-6650) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to the large number of resident who are eligible for the vaccine, the county said it will be working over the next several weeks to schedule appointments and work on expanding their phone system.

Catawba County is anticipating a high volume of calls and longer wait times. If people get a recorded message, they are advised to stay on the line and allow it to ring until an appointment specialist is available to answer the call. Residents can also call back a few hours later or on another day when call volume may not be as high.

Cleveland County:

Cleveland County will be vaccinating a limited number of adults 75 years or older the week of Jan. 11. All available doses have been allocated through calls to the COVID helpline.

The timing of mass vaccination rollout is primarily dependent on the weekly dosage allocation received from NCDHHS. There are approximately 8,000 residents in Cleveland County that are 75 or older, and the County is preparing to begin a Point of Distribution (POD) regional mass vaccination drive through plan the week of Jan. 18.

“The mass vaccination plan remains fluid, with many unknown variables including citizen engagement rate, vaccine dose availability, and any other changes that may be communicated from the CDC or NCDHHS as we move forward,” Cleveland County Health Director Tiffany Hansen said.

Based on a vaccine efficiency impact analysis, migration patterns, and general logistics, there will be up to four (4) POD locations – with only one being utilized at a time:

  • Burns Middle School
  • Kings Mountain Intermediate School
  • Crest High School
  • The LeGrand Center

County officials believe that there is capacity to hold three (3) mass drive through vaccination clinics per week. The LeGrand Center would be a standing site that is used weekly, and the other school sites will be utilized on Wednesdays and Saturdays on a rotating basis.

For the initial rollout of those eligible for the vaccine, the County has compartmentalized residents based on age, demographics, and physical address into geographic regions of the County. The county receives vaccine dosages on a weekly basis. Once the Health Department confirms adequate vaccine inventory for that week, that number of eligible members will receive a letter in the mail confirming their eligibility and their personal designated vaccination site and timing – which could begin as early as Jan. 18. The mailed letters will discuss registration requirements, daily drive through logistics, and call-in information for scheduling conflicts.

Instructions regarding the second dose appointment will be provided when they receive their first dose.

As more vaccines become available, guidance for the following groups will be released:

● Group 2: Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation

● Group 3: Frontline essential workers

Gaston County:

Gaston County is holding the second large-scale vaccination clinic at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market on Jan. 15. Vaccination clinics continue to be by appointment only to manage the flow of traffic and allow for as smooth a process as possible.

The state has added the 65 to 74-year-old population to part of what is now being referred to as Group 2.

Gaston County is continuing to register individuals both through its hotline, 704-866-3170, and at GastonSaves.com/covid19vaccine. Residents can also sign up for email alerts at that same website.

Officials say thousands of Gaston County residents have already registered online.

County employees will continue to staff their hotline during the week starting at 8 a.m. and will be available each day until 5 p.m. Employees from departments across the county have been pulled in to help. NCDHHS are also helping manage the high call volume.

Gaston County drive-thru clinic aims to vaccinate up to 1,000 people

If you are in the 65-74 age range, the county says it may take a few weeks to get an appointment booked because they are already have appointments with remaining health care workers in Group 1 and some of the 75-and-over population that have had already preregistered.

Gaston officials say they will soon be adding vaccination days on Wednesdays in addition to Fridays, as it will soon be providing the first shot to hundreds of residents at a time and also the second round of vaccine to complete the process.

Officials say they are also working closely with partners at CaroMont Health and Kintegra Health to maximize opportunities to get members of the community vaccinated.

The Gaston County Saves webpage will contain updates on where Gaston County stands on the vaccination group schedule.

Iredell County:

The Iredell County Health Department will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to the community at various drive-thru sites throughout the community. COVID-19 vaccines are NOT available at the Iredell County Health Department Office.

The Health Department will administer COVID-19 vaccines to people in Group 1 (healthcare workers at high risk for COVID-19 exposure, long term care staff and residents and those 75 years of age and older) at Mazeppa Park in Mooresville on Jan. 14 starting at 10 a.m. Numbers will be handed out upon arrival. Everyone that receives a number will be vaccinated.

The department asked that individuals check the health department website for further details.

Lincoln County:

The Lincoln County Health Department will begin taking appointments for COVID-19 vaccines to residents that are 75 years or older on Jan. 6.

The Lincoln County Health Department advises residents to call the COVID-19 vaccination schedule information and appointment line at 704-479-2202.

The LCHD will be taking appointments for the current priority groups Monday through Friday each week from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Mecklenburg County:

The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department is partnering with Starmed Healthcare to provide second does of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments for the second dose of the vaccine are only for individuals that received their first dose of the vaccine with the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department.

The second dose clinics are open from Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Bojangles Coliseum on East Independence Blvd.

If transportation is needed for the vaccination appointment, contact the Mecklenburg County Transportation System at 980-314-7600.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals that qualify for it on Jan. 6.

The vaccine will be made available first to adults 75 years or older regardless of medical condition or living situation. This next phase of vaccinations will begin Jan. 6.

The County is opening a limited number of appointments for those 75 or older based on the current vaccine supply for both Groups 1 and 2.

By appointment only COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be held at Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd., beginning Jan. 6 at 8:30 a.m. Due to limited vaccine availability and the need to follow COVID-19 safety precautions, appointments are required for all eligible recipients.

Mecklenburg County residents who are 75 years or older may make an appointment for their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine online beginning at 8 a.m. Jan 5. Instructions are available here.

Eligible members 75 or older may make a first dose appointment online here or here. Please read the appointment instructions carefully.

Phone appointments may be made by calling 980-314-9400 and selecting Option 3 beginning at 8 a.m. Jan. 5. If you leave a message, the county will attempt to return your call within 24-48 business hours.

Appointment slots begin Jan. 6 and will be limited by vaccine supply. If you are unable to secure an appointment right away, please continue to check for updates. As more vaccines are made available, additional appointment times will be made available. The county will continue to provide updates here.

To access parking for the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Bojangles Coliseum BOplex, please use the entrance on Briar Creek Road. Briar Creek Road is exit 244 on East Independence Blvd. For close parking, please use sections 10-15 in the parking lot.

Instructions regarding the second dose appointment will be provided following your appointment for your first dose.

As more vaccines become available, guidance for the following groups will be released:

  • Group 2: Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation
  • Group 3: Frontline essential workers

The County will release additional information about who can be vaccinated in later phases once updated guidance from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is released. You can view the interim prioritization framework on our coronavirus vaccine webpage. We will share the allocation and prioritization guides for future vaccine phases as it is made available.

Rowan County:

Rowan County Public Health will continue their COVID vaccine drive-thru clinics for any individual that falls into Group 1 or is 75 years or older. This vaccination phase includes all individuals 75 years of age and older, regardless of health status or living situation, and any remaining health care workers or long-term care staff.

Please stay tuned for when the next clinics will be held at http://rowancountync.gov/COVIDvaccine. For updates and changes, monitor the website and social media pages.

Rowan County is reminding residents that the vaccine is free to everyone, regardless of whether or not people have insurance.

However, most doctors cannot provide COVID-19 vaccines in their office right now. People who are currently eligible and want to get the vaccine must make an appointment with their local hospital. Rowan County Public Health is not making appointments for vaccinations right now.

Union County:

The Union County Health Department will be accepting vaccination appointments for individuals 75 years or older on Jan. 5. Appointments will begin on Jan. 11 and will be based on vaccine availability.

Mecklenburg County health department vaccinates health care workers at Bojangles Coliseum

Here’s the vaccination plan for South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said doses of the vaccine will be made available through phases.

  • Phase 1a (Currently Ongoing) – Vaccinations for Phase 1a are anticipated to continue to February 2021. Phase 1a includes: Residents and staff of long-term care facilities; Healthcare personnel, with an initial focus on healthcare workers critical to the mission of preventing death. For a complete list of those currently considered in Phase 1a, click here.
  • Phase 1b (Late Winter 2021): All people aged 75 years and older Frontline essential workers (sectors included by ACIP: firefighters, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, USPS workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector—teachers, support staff, and daycare workers)
  • Phase 1c (Early Spring 2021): All people aged 65 – 74 years and older People aged 16 – 64 years with certain underlying health conditions that puts them at high risk for severe disease (list by CDC) Other essential workers (examples included by ACIP: people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health staff who are non-frontline healthcare workers).
  • Phase 2 (Late Spring-Fall 2021) ALL people who wish to be vaccinated Ages per recommendations by ACIP

Phase 2 vaccinations are anticipated to begin in late Spring 2021, with the vaccines expected to become available for the general public during the summer and fall of 2021.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced that South Carolina residents who are 70 or older can begin scheduling their appointment to receive the COVID Vaccine on Jan. 13.

  • Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, those 70 and older can begin to schedule appointments to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at locations currently accepting vaccine appointments.
  • DHEC’s online map will be live Wednesday, Jan. 13. This online map will show the locations currently accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine and the map will provide the contact information for scheduling appointments at those locations. The map itself is not a way to schedule an appointment.
  • Beginning Jan. 13, individuals can also call DHEC’s Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 for assistance in locating contact information for making an appointment. The Care Line can’t schedule an appointment but can help provide the phone numbers of locations offering vaccine appointments.
  • Appointments should be scheduled; walk-ins may not be able to receive vaccine.
  • You will be asked to provide a driver’s license or other form of ID at your appointment that confirms your age in order to receive vaccine.
  • South Carolina residency is not a requirement to receive a vaccine.
  • The appointment scheduling phone line for each location may operate different hours of the day. This isn’t determined by DHEC.
  • South Carolina, like all states, currently has limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Some locations that offer vaccine may not have an appointment available for several weeks, depending on their vaccine supply. Facilities receive doses of vaccine each week from the federal government.
  • Individuals are encouraged to schedule their second shot as soon as they can. It’s important that individuals receive both doses of the same brand of vaccine to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

For the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates and information, visit scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.

South Carolina, like all states, currently has limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Some locations that offer vaccine may not have an appointment available for several weeks, depending on their vaccine supply. Facilities receive doses of vaccine each week from the federal government.

York County:

Phase 1a and those 70 and older

Doctors Care Rock Hill, 2174 Cherry Road, Rock Hill

For more information: https://doctorscare.com/

This location is currently not accepting appointments: Piedmont Medical Center, 222 South Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill

Chester County:

Phase 1a and those 70 and older

MUSC Health - Chester Hospital, 1 Medical Park Drive, Chester

For more information: https://muschealth.org/vaccine-1a

Lancaster County:

This location is currently not accepting appointments: Doctors Care Indian Land, 8384 Charlotte Hwy, Indian Land

Phase 1a and those 70 and older

MUSC Health - Lancaster Hospital, 800 West Meeting St, Lancaster

For more information: https://muschealth.org/vaccine-1a

Chesterfield County:

This location is currently not accepting appointments: McLeod Cheraw, 711 Chesterfield Hwy, Cheraw

Find vaccine provider locations by using scdhec.gov/vaxlocator to see locations accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine. Pick a location and call the phone number listed to make an appointment. The map itself is not a way to schedule an appointment.

Calling DHEC’s Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 for help finding contact information you need to make an appointment. The Care Line can’t schedule an appointment but can give you phone numbers for locations you can call to make an appointment.

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