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Posted on: May 21, 2021

5-21-21 Walk-In appointments for all COVID vaccines now available


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 21, 2021

Walk-In, no appointment needed vaccination:

  • All three vaccines Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are now available on a walk-in basis at the health department ( 157 Paragon Pkwy #800, Clyde, NC 28721). Pfizer is the only approved vaccine for children ages 12-18, and Johnson & Johnson is a great option for those looking for a single-dose vaccine.

  • COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinic hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinating everyone ages 12 and up.

  • Local pharmacies are also offering no-appointment walk-in vaccination. Visit https://myspot.nc.gov/ for locations.

“We’ve had an exciting week this week as the first group of citizens ages 12-18 rolled up their sleeves and committed to protecting the health of our community.  I want to encourage those of you who have been vaccinated, especially our younger population, to share your experience and the reason you chose to be vaccinated with your friends and family members who may be hesitant about the vaccine. Sharing our stories and our reasons “why” could be the encouragement someone needs as they make a decision about their vaccine status,” said Haywood County Health Director Sarah Henderson. 

 
Where to find additional COVID-19 vaccine information:

  • For vaccine appointment questions or help call 828-356-2019, Option 1.

  • Please do not call the health department’s main number for COVID-19 vaccination questions. Use the hotline number instead.

  • For general COVID-19 information visit https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/COVID-19-Information

Vaccinations by the numbers:

Total first shots given so far: 26,586

*Data source: NCDHHS Vaccination Dashboard, ‘All Programs’ dataset.

Percent vaccinated with at least one shot: 42.7 %


120+: students vaccinated at the 12-18 year-olds clinic at HCC held this week.


Currently vaccinating: 

  • Haywood residents ages 12+


Book Your Vaccine Appointment: https://myspot.nc.gov/ — Multiple appointments available in each time slot.


By Phone: 828-356-2019 (hours of operation for the phone line are Monday - Friday 8 a.m - 5 pm..) 



First dose appointments: 

  • Do not book initial dose appointments if you cannot commit to being available on the day your second dose should be given. Second doses are due 21 days later for Pfizer later or 28 days later for Moderna. If you plan to be out of town or having a scheduled surgery or some other conflict you should wait and not start the vaccine until you can receive all doses here in Haywood County, on time.


Second dose information:

  • The second appointment dates for Moderna are due 28 days after the initial dose. Appointments for Pfizer are due 21 days after the initial dose. (Your second appointment date can be found on the back of your vaccine card.)


After vaccination:

  • For most people, full immunity potential is reached about two weeks after receiving the second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna. For Johnson & Johnson - Janssen vaccine, the full benefit is reached 4 weeks after the single dose, there is no second shot required. 

  • CDC Mask Guidance Update: Fully vaccinated people have the option to resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

  • It is important to continue wearing a face-covering particularly indoors, and around crowds even outdoors, and around others not fully vaccinated or who may be at high risk if they were to get COVID-19


At each step of the way,  Haywood County Health and Human Services is committed to providing updates and guidance to make sure that everyone who wants to be vaccinated will have their chance.


Key Points about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The vaccine is tested, safe, and effective

  • You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine

  • The vaccine will be provided free of charge to everyone that wants it.

  • For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, two doses are needed for maximum immunity.

  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.

  • There is no vaccine mandate.

  • Continuing the 3Ws will be critical until the vaccine is widely taken


Summary of Key Updates this week:


  • All 3 COVID vaccines are now available on a walk-in basis at the health department.

  • Fully vaccinated people have the option to resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.




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