A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first. NC wants to make sure people are vaccinated as quickly and fairly as possible, starting with people who are more likely to get COVID-19 and those more likely to get dangerously sick from it.
Tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will help us get back in control of our lives and back to the people and places we love.
Scientists had a head start. The vaccines were built upon years of work to develop vaccines for similar viruses.
Tested, safe and effective. More than 100,000 people volunteered in clinical trials for all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) to make sure they are safe and work to prevent COVID-19 illness. The vaccines help protect you from COVID-19 and are extremely effective in preventing death and hospitalization from COVID-19 with no serious safety concerns noted in any of the clinical trials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure the vaccines are safe and can prevent people from getting COVID-19. Like all drugs, vaccine safety continues to be monitored after they are in use.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have temporary reactions like a sore arm, headache, fever or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine.
Vaccine supplies are very limited right now, but they are improving. There is still not enough for everyone to get vaccinated at the moment, so you may have to wait.
Take your shot at no cost. The COVID-19 vaccine is available for free, whether or not you have insurance.
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NC Department of Health and Human Services created a toolkit with ready-made materials to help community advocates, organizations and trusted messengers communicate about COVID-19 vaccines.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you should be tested. Getting a test is the best way to protect your family, friends, and loved ones.
Download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app, enable your Bluetooth and Exposure Notification settings, and be notified if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result in the app.Once you opt-in to the notification system, you can also anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result in the app. SlowCOVIDNC protects your identity and privacy while empowering you to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
The COVID-19 County Alert System gives individuals, businesses and community organizations, and public officials a tool to understand how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to take slow the spread of the virus.
The COVID-19 County Alert System uses metrics informed by North Carolina’s key metrics to categorize counties into three tiers:
Because no one metric provides a complete picture, the COVID-19 County Alert System uses a combination of three metrics: case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospital impact within the county.