COVID-19 Vaccine

Vidant Health is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone 5 and older. We are also offering third dose and booster appointments to eligible community members in accordance with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) guidelines.

You can view appointment availability by location and schedule vaccine appointments after completing the eligibility questionnaire below. You can also view ECU Physicians vaccination options here. For additional locations, this vaccine site locator shows all locations in North Carolina where vaccines are available.

Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions section or view our COVID-19 Vaccine Overview Charts.

Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment


Fill out the pre-screening questionnaire below to get started.

If you encounter any issues with the pre-screening questionnaire, feel free to connect with us directly at 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Preguntas y Respuestas

Vaccine Safety

Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for 12 Years of Age and Older – Important information to read before vaccination

Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for 5-11 Years of Age – Important information to read before vaccination

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Important information to read before vaccination

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Important information to read before vaccination

Before receiving FDA emergency use authorization approval, the COVID-19 vaccines went through rigorous testing and trials to prove they are safe and effective prior to distribution. Vidant is confident in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

There is a potential for injection site reactions (redness, swelling, and pain) as well as fever, fatigue, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, and/or joint pain. These are signs that your immune system is building protection against the virus. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Until findings are available from clinical trials and additional studies, only limited data are available on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, including mRNA vaccines, administered during pregnancy. CDC and the FDA have safety monitoring systems in place to capture information about vaccination during pregnancy and will closely monitor reports.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or plan to be pregnant and have questions or concerns, it is recommended for you to discuss with your primary care provider before getting vaccinated.

The research has not shown a link between the COVID-19 vaccine and infertility or miscarriage. The CDC provides additional information for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Vaccine Eligibility

Yes, Vidant is vaccinating eligible community members through a phased approach based on guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

Everyone 5 years of age or older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit the NCDHHS website for more information on who is eligible.

No. You cannot get your second dose at a Vidant location if you received your first dose at a non-Vidant location.

Yes. You can receive the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day, as well as within 14 days.

No. If you have symptoms related to COVID-19, consult your doctor and consider getting tested. Please wait until you have recovered to get the vaccine.

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. If you have received an antibody infusion (monoclonal antibody, Bamlanivimab) for the treatment of COVID-19, please wait 90 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and available to everyone regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

Receiving the vaccine will not negatively affect your immigration status. Data gathered during the vaccination process is kept confidential and will not be used for immigration enforcement.

Booster Shots

A booster shot is for people whose immune response may have weakened over time. This differs from a “third dose” (intended for those who are immunocompromised) in that the initial response to the two doses was robust enough to protect against serious complications related to the virus.

Vidant is offering booster shots to community members, in accordance with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) guidelines. Community members should complete the screening questionnaire above to see if you qualify. Vidant Health team members should follow the process outlined below in the “Additional Questions for Team Members.”

For questions related to third doses, please see the third doses section of the FAQs.

A booster shot is recommended for eligible individuals at least five months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and at least two months after the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Individuals are now able to receive any brand of the COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot, regardless of which brand they received initially.

According to the CDC, studies show that after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus may decrease over time and be less able to protect against the Delta variant. A booster shot may help increase immune response and improve protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

No. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Third Doses

A third dose is for moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who may not have had a strong enough immune response from the first two doses.

Vidant is offering third doses to those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Complete the screening questionnaire above to see if you qualify. Please consult with your doctor if you have additional questions about third dose eligibility.

We are not offering third doses for any other population at this time. You can find more information regarding the CDC’s recommendations related to third doses here. Please continue checking back to VidantHealth.com/Vaccinate for the latest information on Vidant’s vaccine efforts.

For questions related to booster shots, please see the booster shots section of the FAQs.

A third dose is recommended for immunocompromised individuals at least 28 days after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

A third dose may prevent serious and possibly life-threatening complications of COVID-19 in people who may not have responded to their initial vaccine series. There is some limited data that suggests immunocompromised people who have low or no protection after two doses of mRNA vaccines may have an improved response after a third dose of the same vaccine.

At this time, additional doses are only recommended for individuals who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Yes, we recommend getting a third dose of the same vaccine as your first and second dose. However, if the vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available, the other mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered for third doses only. (For more information, NCDHHS issued a statewide standing order regarding vaccine administration guidelines for the mRNA vaccines.)

Vaccine Scheduling

All Vidant locations currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine are listed in the scheduling tool above.

Yes, appointments are required to receive the vaccine from Vidant. Please see below for information on how to make an appointment.

  • Complete the screening questionnaire above and make an appointment.
  • Call 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. You’ll have the option to select assistance in English or Spanish.

No. Vidant is not currently offering drive-up vaccination.

No. Appointments are required to receive a vaccine from Vidant.

You can reschedule your second dose by calling 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

At Your Appointment

• Bring a government-issued ID
• Wear short sleeves if possible
• Arrive no more than 10 minutes before scheduled appointment
• Wear a mask

Yes, to ensure the safety of all, we will screen all individuals, which includes temperature checks. If an individual has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, they will be asked to re-schedule their appointment.

No, you do not need insurance to receive the vaccine from Vidant.

There is no cost to receive the vaccine.

The total time may vary but please allow for approximately one hour, which includes a required 15 or 30 minute observation period.

After Your Appointment

Yes, while the vaccine offers great hope, it is important community members continue to practice safety habits, even if you’ve already received the vaccine: wear a mask, wash your hands often and avoid gatherings.

People are considered fully vaccinated:
• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

The CDC has recently shared guidance on what is advised after vaccination. You can read it here.

Call 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and they can help you get a record of your vaccination.

Yes. You can generate a QR code or PDF file in Vidant MyChart to share your COVID-19 vaccination status and most recent test results*.

How to access:

  • Log into Vidant MyChart.
  • Select the menu icon.
  • Under the “My Record” section, click the “COVID-19” option.
  • Click the QR codes and Download/Export buttons to access the information.

*Test results will only be shown for COVID-19 tests conducted by Vidant Health.