How To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

How To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

7:56am Mar 11, 2021
In North Carolina, COVID-19 vaccinations are now open to health care workers, people over the age of 65, and a broad group of frontline essential workers, including teachers, first responders, and grocery store employees. MELISSA MELVIN/AP

Over 2 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, and new appointments are opening up every day. But actually snagging one can be tricky, with demand still far exceeding supply. Here’s what you need to know about navigating the system:

How do you know if you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?

The easiest way to figure this out is to use the state’s Find My Spot tool. 

Vaccinations are now open to health care workers, people over the age of 65, and a broad group of frontline essential workers, including teachers, first responders, and grocery store employees.

People who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk of serious illness or who live in certain congregate settings will become eligible on March 17. The rest of Group 4, which includes other essential workers will become eligible on April 7.

In general, IDs or employment documents are not needed to secure an appointment. 

How do I book an appointment?

A good place to start is MySpot.nc.gov – there you can find a listing of providers in your area along with their contact information. In the Triad, local health departments, health care systems, and Walgreens are giving free vaccinations. Here’s how to get a shot at each provider: 

Forsyth County Health Department

  • Appointments can be made online or by phone at (336) 360-5260. 

  • If appointments aren’t available online, try calling because some slots are set aside for those who book over the phone.

Guilford County Health Department

  • Appointments can be made online or by phone at (336)-641-7944.

  • Follow the department on Facebook to find out when new appointments become available. 

Davie County Health Department 

Greensboro Community Vaccination Center

  • Appointments can be made for this FEMA-supported site online or by phone at (888)-675-4567.

Wake Forest Baptist Health

  • Call 336-70-COVID to schedule an appointment.

Cone Health

  • Appointments can be made online or by phone at (336)-890-1188.

  • Find updates on when appointments become available here

Novant Health

  • Appointments can be made online.

  • After you’ve made your appointment, you can be added to the waitlist and notified if earlier appointments become available. New appointments are typically added on Saturdays. 

Walgreens

  • You can determine which Walgreens stores near you have vaccines available and schedule an appointment here

  • Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 1-800-WALGREENS. 

How do I know which vaccine I’ll be getting?

  • VaccineFinder.org allows users to search for specific vaccines. 

  • If the provider’s system prompts you to schedule two appointments, that means you will not be getting the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

  • Some providers will list which vaccine is being given at specific events on their Facebook pages.

  • Health officials are encouraging the public to accept whatever vaccine becomes available to them first. 

In some cases, providers may not know which vaccine will be available until the day of the appointment. A spokesperson for Cone Health says it will be a while before patients will be able to be picky about which vaccine they get – that will be more feasible when supply increases. 

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus in North Carolina, visit our Live Updates blog here. WFDD wants to hear your stories — connect with us and let us know what you’re experiencing.

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