Tips from Channel 9′s Joe Bruno when trying to book your COVID-19 shot

Channel 9′s Joe Bruno is working to help people find open COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Open slots can fill up quickly, and it can be stressful trying to search for appointments and quickly grab them when they become available.

Follow reporter Joe Bruno on Twitter to get real-time appointment updates as he tracks open slots.

Here are some tips Joe has when trying to book your shot:

Tip #1:

First, he says timing is everything. Check for an appointment first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. Instead of checking Facebook, you could be checking provider websites.

To find more information on your local vaccine providers in North Carolina, click here. If you live in South Carolina, click here to check out your nearest provider.

Tip #2:

Second, make an account in advance. Some providers require accounts to register. It doesn’t matter if you are not a patient -- go ahead and make accounts with Atrium, Novant, CaroMont Health, Walgreens and CVS. That way, if you find out about an appointment, all you will have to do is log in.

Tip #3:

Also, be willing to travel or go somewhere different. You don’t have to be a resident of the county you are getting a shot in. And again, you don’t have to be a patient of the provider to get your shot.

>> Our Channel 9 team is dedicated to keeping you informed on when and where you can get your shot in your community. Check out our Race to Vaccinate resources and coverage here.