New Hanover County Public Health to begin administering COVID-19 booster doses for eligible individuals
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health will begin offering booster vaccine shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals by appointment only starting Wednesday, September 29.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have authorized and recommended booster vaccine shots to provide continued protection for those at high risk for serious illness or exposure and who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine for six months or more. The booster dose is free and is the same product given in the first two doses.
Those eligible include individuals who are:
- 65 years or older,
- 18 years or older who live in long-term care or other high-risk settings where many people live together (i.e., homeless shelters, correctional facilities, or dormitories),
- 18 years or older with underlying medical conditions, or
- 18 years or older and work in high-risk settings like healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and childcare providers, or food workers.
How to schedule:
Appointments are required for booster doses and can be made at takemyshot.nc.gov (the website is available in English and Spanish):
- Follow the prompts and select that you are getting an additional dose/booster, then enter your New Hanover County zip code and it will pull up the available Public Health clinic locations and times for boosters.
- Choose your appointment location and time, enter your contact information, and then you will receive a confirmation via text, email or both once the appointment has been made.
- Ahead of your appointment, make sure you bring a copy or photo of your vaccine card or know the dates of your Pfizer vaccinations (if you do not remember and have lost your card, Public Health can look up your vaccination record in the state vaccination system; however, if you were vaccinated outside of North Carolina, you will need to provide a record from your vaccination site.)
Public Health booster clinic locations:
- Health and Human Services Health Clinic (1650 Greenfield Street)
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Independence Mall (3500 Oleander Drive)
- Tuesday and Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Other healthcare providers in the community are also administering booster doses, including NHRMC’s Vaccination Clinic, primary care offices, retail pharmacies, and others. Individuals do not need to return to the same location where they received their initial vaccines for a booster shot. Find additional vaccine locations using the NCDHHS location finder here.
Anyone who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not eligible for a Pfizer booster at this time, so please verify your original vaccine prior to making an appointment.
First and second doses of the vaccine are still being provided by NHC Public Health and do not require an appointment. General vaccine clinic hours, locations, and more information can be found at Health.NHCgov.com.
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