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UNC Health is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. As a precaution, we will follow the FDA’s recommendation and pause vaccinations using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until federal authorities are able to review data and provide further guidance. Patients who were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at UNC Health vaccination clinics today will be offered one of the other vaccines where possible or rescheduled as necessary. Severe reactions are rare. Click here for information on when to seek medical care.

High-risk individuals and those in certain group living situations in Group 4 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 17.

North Carolina is moving into Group 4 a week ahead of schedule. Group 4 will be split into two parts with two dates of eligibility.

  • Group 4, Part 1: High-risk individuals and those in certain group living situations, such as homeless shelters and correctional facilities – Eligible March 17, 2021
  • Group 4, Part 2: Remainder of essential workers and others in group living settings, such as college students – Eligible April 7, 2021.

High-Risk Individuals – Group 4, Part 1

This group includes anyone ages 16-64 years old with one or more high-risk medical conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness.A list of health conditions can be found here: Who Is High-Risk?

People in Certain Group Living Situations – Group 4, Part 1

This population includes anyone who is living in close group settings who is not already vaccinated due to age, medical condition or job function, including homeless shelters and correctional facilities.

UNC Health is following the guidelines set by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, including the order and timing of who can receive a vaccine. Vaccine supplies at UNC Health are very limited. If you are currently eligible, you must schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine. Walk-ins are not accepted.

Learn more: Get Vaccinated