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The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for ages 12 and older. Click here to schedule an appointment.

 

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Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Do I need an appointment?

UNC Health’s vaccination clinics accept walk-in appointments, as we encourage more North Carolinians to get their shot. That includes our largest vaccine clinic at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, which will accept walk-ins from Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM based on availability. Making an appointment online or on the phone is still the best way to get a shot, but anyone 18 years old and older can now walk in to a UNC Health vaccine clinic to get vaccinated. Call (984) 215-5485 for more information.

Where can I find my appointment details?

You do not need to have a UNC My Chart account.

If you have a My UNC Chart account, you can find your appointment details there. If you do not have a My UNC Chart account, you should have received a confirmation email or text message with appointment details.

If you have a My UNC Chart account, you can find information about how to reschedule or cancel your appointment there. If you do not have a My UNC Chart account, please call the location where you’re scheduled to reschedule or cancel your appointment. 

What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

No identification will be required, and there will be no charge to patients, but if you have insurance, please bring a copy of your insurance card as we will bill your insurance company.

Where can I find the form that I need to bring to my appointment?

Click to find the COVID-19 Vaccine Patient Questionnaire Form you need to complete prior to your appointment.

How should I prepare for my vaccine?

Everyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of allergy history, is monitored afterward to make sure he or she doesn’t have a reaction. A small number of patients report feeling lightheaded, nauseous or fainting immediately after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Please let the person who is administering your shot know if you’ve had a history of fainting with needles.

If you have a history of fainting with needles or a fear of shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends doing the following:

  • Have a beverage or snack before getting your vaccine.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply before getting the vaccine and think of something relaxing.
  • Sit or lie down after you receive your vaccine.

Where do I park once I arrive?

All of our vaccine locations should have easy parking access and/or signage indicating where to park.

How do I find the vaccine location once I arrive at the site?

There should be clearly marked signage at all of our vaccine locations that will direct you where to go when you arrive.

Are there driving directions to my vaccination appointment location?

You can find directions to all of our UNC Health locations on the UNC Health app. Click here to get more information on how to get the app. You also will be given location information when you receive your appointment confirmation and reminder.

Do I need my driver’s license?

No identification will be required, and there will be no charge to patients, but if you have insurance, please bring a copy of your insurance card as we will bill your insurance company.

Do I need my insurance card?

If you have insurance, please bring a copy of your insurance card as we will bill your insurance company. You can still receive the vaccine if you do not have insurance.

Will you charge me for the vaccine?

There will be no charge to patients.

Will I have to wait in a long line when I come for my COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

We are making every effort to ensure you will not have to wait for a long time. However, wait times will vary by location, and you may have to wait. If you need additional accommodations, such as a chair while you wait, please ask one of our staff members when you arrive.

Will I need to get out of my car for my vaccination?

This will vary by location. If you need additional accommodations, such as a chair while you wait, please ask one of our staff members when you arrive. There should be clearly marked signage at all of our vaccine locations that will direct you once you arrive.

How long will I need to wait after receiving my shot before I can drive home?

Plan to wait up to 30 minutes after you receive your vaccine before you can leave to drive home.

How do I make my appointment for the second dose of the vaccine?

If necessary, you will make your appointment for the second dose of the vaccine at your first COVID-19 vaccine appointment. You must receive your second dose at the same location you receive your first vaccine. If you need to change your appointment for your second dose, you can do so in My UNC Chart, or if you do not have a My UNC Chart account, please call (984) 215-5485.

Can my child get a COVID-19 shot? If so, where?

UNC Health will offer the Pfizer vaccine to those ages 12 and older at locations where the Pfizer vaccine is available. Not all UNC Health vaccination locations have the Pfizer vaccine. You can schedule your appointment online or by calling (984) 215-5485. We are available to answer calls Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend these appointments with adolescent patients. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for those who are under the age of 18. Here’s what parents and guardians need to know about the vaccine for this age group. 

How do I enroll my child in a clinical trial?

If your child is age 12 or older and interested in participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial, you can register on the national COVID-19 Prevention Network website and answer a few simple questions to see if he or she is eligible to participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial. In addition, Novavax is conducting a clinical trial of their COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents, 12-17 years of age. This is an expansion of its current clinical trial for adults underway in the U.S., for which UNC is a trial site. 

Learn more about how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment: Get Vaccinated.

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