Coronavirus Vaccine

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Get Your Shot GraphicThe Health Department is currently scheduling people in Group 1 , Group 2 and people who work in education in Group 3.

To register to be vaccinated with the Orange County Health Department you may either:

  • Call (919) 913-8088. The phone line is operated daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spanish and other languages available.
  • Complete the Vaccine Interest Form (VIF) at

Governor Roy Cooper announced that childcare workers, educators and school personnel in pre-K through grade 12, including private and charter schools, will be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine beginning February 24. Other frontline essential workers listed in Group 3 will become eligible March 10. With the limited vaccine supply, it is unlikely that all eligible staff in this new group will receive the vaccine on the dates they become eligible under the State’s new prioritization framework.

Once you have either completed the vaccine interest survey or have registered by phone, you are on the waitlist and there is no need to call back to check your status. You will be contacted by Orange County staff via email or phone to schedule your appointment when a slot becomes available, but it may be weeks or months. People who are not currently in Group 1 or 2 should wait until they are eligible to register. 

The complete list of the vaccination plan’s groups may be found on the NCDHHS website.

Is the Orange County Health Department the Only Place to be Vaccinated? No. 

You can get your vaccine from Orange County or other health care providers. To expedite the vaccination phases, please only book once with one provider. Appointments are required to better manage crowds and to track available supply of vaccine and you will need to get your first and second doses from the same provider. Once you receive a first dose, do not book another appointment with a different provider.


Vaccine Providers approximate to Orange County:

Vaccine Providers:

Vaccine ProviderWeb SitePhone Number
Orange County Health
UNC Health
Piedmont Health Services
Hillsborough Pharmacyhttps://www.hillsboroughpharmacync.com919-245-1212
Duke Health you are a Duke MyChart user, you can check regularly to view appointment availability.
Cone Health
Durham Veterans Affairs (VA)
Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescentshttp://www.chapelhillpeds.com919-933-3473
Walgreenshttps://www.walgreens.comCall individual stores.

Walgreens Locations offering COVID-19 Vaccines:

1670 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill
1500 E. Franlin St.Chapel Hill
801 Mebane Oaks Rd.Mebane
1106 Environ WayChapel Hill
200 US Highway 70 EHillsborough
602-G Jones Ferry RoadCarrboro

*NCDHHS maintains a list of all the vaccination sites in North Carolina:

Please do not double book, but rather either go through one provider or another.

Who is Next in Line to be Vaccinated?

Find your vaccine spot and sign up to get notified at
Read more about the phases at the NCDHHS website.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

More information from the Orange County Health Department 
Press Release: English, Español, Chinese, Burmese, Karen

More information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services here:

More information from the CDC here:

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How can I sign up to be vaccinated?  

Health care workers with in-person patient contact, Long-term care staff and residents and individuals 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. For community members 65 and older, there is no requirement to have certain qualifying chronic conditions.

Eligible individuals may begin the process of registering online by filling out our Vaccine Interest Form at Community members who don’t have access to a computer or who need assistance filling out the form may call 919-913-8088. Foreign language interpreters will be available. The call center is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call center staff are available to help register in Spanish and other languages.

To reduce the number of phone calls, residents in subsequent phases will be asked to register later. 

When can you get vaccinated?

Orange County will follow the state and national plans for vaccinating the community. People most at risk will receive it first, and phases will continue until all people are able to be vaccinated. Dates for each phase are not certain at this time, but we know that vaccines will be available for those at highest risk of exposure in the initial phase. As more vaccines become available, other groups will become eligible.

CURRENT GROUP: Group 1- Health care workers & Long-Term Care staff and residents

  • Health care workers with in-person patient contact
  • Long-term care staff and residents—people in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and continuing care retirement communities
  • Home caregivers providing regular medical care to medically fragile children and adults

CURRENT GROUP: Group 2- Older adults

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

CURRENT GROUP: Group 3- Educators began February 24. The rest of Group 3 is eligible March 10. Group 3: Frontline essential workers

  • 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
  • Teachers will get a two-week head start for Group 3 beginning on March 24th. Learn more about School and Childcare Frontline Essential Workers.
  • What is a "frontline essential worker"? Flyer (PDF) in English

Group 4- Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness

  • 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

Learn more about this plan here:

Link to the infographic below:

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Who are Frontline Essential Workers? 
English, Español, Chinese

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Vaccine (shots) are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus, if you are exposed (also called immunity). Other steps, like wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you don’t live with, also help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you the disease itself.

Screen Shot 2020-12-30 at 5.19.08 PMDifferent types of COVID-19 vaccines will be available.

Most of these vaccines are given in two shots, one at a time and spaced apart. The first shot gets your body ready. The second shot is given at least three weeks later to make sure you have full protection. If you are told you need two shots, make sure that you get both of them. The vaccines may work in slightly different ways, but all types of the vaccines will help protect you.

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Great care has been taken to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Scientists had a head start. Although the vaccines were developed quickly, they were built upon years of work in developing vaccines for similar viruses.

Testing was thorough and successful. More than 70,000 people participated in clinical trials for two vaccines to see if they are safe and effective. To date, the vaccines are nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no safety concerns.

There is no COVID-19 virus in the vaccine. The vaccine imitates the infection so that our bodies think a germ like the virus is attacking. This creates the antibody defenses we need to fight off COVID-19 if and when the real germ attacks.

No major side effects. Some people may have temporary reactions after being vaccinated, such as swelling from the injection, tiredness or feeling off for a day or two.

Vaccine Development Infographic

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Where can I find answers to my vaccine questions?

The North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center 

Call: 888-675-4567

Callers can get help with general COVID-19 vaccine questions by calling 888-675-4567 for information on eligibility groups, clinical questions about the vaccine, how to find vaccine locations, and transportation services.

The COVID-19 vaccine help center supports English and Spanish calls, and TTY. Callers will be able to select call back assistance where they receive a call when agents are available instead of waiting in line for an agent. The language line will be available for all other languages needed. 

Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 Check out these pages for answers to  frequently asked questions:

Or call the NCDHHS COVID-19 hotline at  2-1-1 or 888-892-1162

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Healthcare Providers

COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians

ADA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists

 Long Term Care Facilities COVID-19 Toolkit  

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for the General Public

COVID-19 Vaccine Overview 

CDC Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines

Volunteer Sign-Up

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Source: CDC 

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Common side effects

On the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

Helpful tips

If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:

  • 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.

When to call the doctor

In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
  • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days
  • If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.

V-Safe app: after vaccination health checker

Use your smartphone to tell the CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

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This 1:30 minute video answers the question: I have had my second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Can I throw away my mask and begin visiting with family and friends?

Orange County Health Director, Quintana Stewart, answers this question.
VIDEO: EnglishFLYER: English
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Flyer in EnglishFlyer in Spanish

Making it Plain: BCAC

Making it Plain: A conversation with Dr. Fauci
How do mRNA vaccines work?  John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

How do mRNA vaccines work? John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Reverend Darryl Warren Aaron of Greensboro
Reverend Darryl Warren Aaron of Greensboro encourages everyone, particularly historically marginalized populations, to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it's their turn.
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Black Issues Forum UNC TV Jan 8 2021 with Ben Money Dept. Sec. of Health Services
Cafecito con El Condado de Orange
Español - Confianza / Trust
Español - Mitos y Realidades / Myths and Facts
Español - Mente Sana / Mental Health
Older North Carolinians, You Have A Spot, Take Your Shot
Older North Carolinians: You Have A Spot, Take Your Shot
Message to Older Adults from Former Governor Jim Hunt
Message to Older Adults from Former Governor Jim Hunt

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The Orange County Health Department and the Orange County Emergency Operations Center are planning for the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Department will receive direct allocations of vaccine to be administered in the community.

Part of this local planning effort includes compiling a list of persons and organizations interested and willing to assist in mass vaccinations. Please complete this form to be added to the roster of staff at a mass vaccination site (Point of Dispensing). Please note some of the positions available require a certified or licensed healthcare professional and you will need to provide a copy of your active certification or license. Additional communications and training will be provided after registering. You will be contacted soon after you submit your information.

Please direct any questions you may have about this survey to the Emergency Operations Center Planning Section at or visit:

KUDOS to Community Volunteers

Kudos   Praise or give a compliment for something well done. Kudos can be given to thank or congratulate a person, team, or group for their efforts. 

Nominate Volunteers – Please show gratitude to the wonderful volunteers who are working hard to make community COVID-19 vaccination possible! Use this form.

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