What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine and following the 3 Ws (wear, wait, wash) are our best protections against COVID-19. We want you to have all the information you need when it comes to this vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines are up to 95% effective against the virus!1
The vaccines are based on years of research and are safe and effective.
The vaccines are FDA approved using Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
Here's what's covered for members
- The vaccine will be available at no cost for all members
- After the public health emergency, we will cover the vaccine as preventative care for in-network providers - so you'll be covered now and in the future
Vaccine Eligibility GroupsIn North Carolina, the COVID-19 vaccine is being released in groups based on eligibility determined by federal and state governments.
Learn More About Eligibility Groups
Learn More About Eligibility Groups
Not a North Carolina resident?
Your state may have different eligibility groups or phases. You can use the tool below to find your state health department's COVID-19 vaccine groups.
Getting the vaccine is as easy as...
Schedule your appointment
If you're eligible to get your shot now, you can use the tool below to find locations near you to get vaccinated.
Get your COVID-19 vaccine
Where you go to get your shot will determine which vaccine you get. Some vaccines require two doses while others only need one.
Continue safety precautions
It takes time for your body to build an immunity to COVID-19. Wait at least two weeks after your dose(s).
We know you're ready to get back to doing the things you love. We are too! But it's important to keep yourself and those around you protected.
You may experience side effects
Minor side effects are common with most vaccines. It means it's working! Most side effects go away within a day or two after your shot.
Common side effects:
- Pain, redness or swelling in your arm
- Muscle pain
When am I fully vaccinated?4
The CDC considers people fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose with two-dose vaccines like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If it's been less than two weeks or you still need your second shot, you aren't protected and can still get sick!
According to the CDC, if you're fully vaccinated:
- You can get together indoors with others who are vaccinated without wearing a mask
- You can be indoors without a mask with unvaccinated people from one other household - like family and friends - as long as they aren't high-risk
- You do not need to quarantine or get tested if you've been exposed to COVID-19 unless you are showing symptoms or live in a group setting
- You can start to do more of the things you may have stopped - like going to the grocery store
- Continue following the 3Ws while in public - wear a mask, wash your hands, wait 6 feet apart
- Continue following your work safety protocols and public guidelines
- Don't gather in medium or large groups, crowds or gatherings
- Don't visit an unvaccinated person who is at high-risk of getting sick
- Don't ignore symptoms of COVID-19. Always get tested if you're experiencing symptoms
The CDC is still learning how the vaccine protects you against new strains of the virus, how long your immunity will last and if you can still pass the virus to unvaccinated people. That's why it's important to continue following the 3Ws when you're in public or around others you don't live with.
Personal Stories from Your Neighbors
We know the decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine is personal. Hear firsthand why some of your fellow North Carolinians chose to take their shot.
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