Updated as of January 14, 2021: North Carolina has moved into Phase 2 of the COVID vaccine distribution, meaning individuals 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. There is no requirement to have certain qualifying chronic conditions.
If you are 65 or older, please follow the three-step process:
1. Complete the Vaccine Interest Form (VIF) at https://redcap.link/OCHDvax
Call 919-913-8088 if you don’t have access to a computer or would like help filling out the form. Foreign language interpreters will be available. We are anticipating very high call volume. Please be patient for a return call if you decide to leave a voicemail.
2. Register for the vaccine. You will receive an email with a link to an online registration form to enter your data into the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS). It will take several minutes to complete. It is only available in English, but county staff are available to help register in other languages besides English by calling 919-913-8088.
3. Schedule your vaccine appointment. When an individual is eligible to receive a vaccine, you will receive another email from the Orange County Health Department to schedule an appointment.
To reduce the number of phone calls, residents in subsequent phases will be asked to register later. Eventually, the CVMS system will allow residents to register themselves. The complete list of the vaccination plan’s phases may be found on the NCDHHS website.
Is the Orange County Health Department the Only Place to be Vaccinated?
No. UNC Health is also offering vaccinations. Their website is https://vaccine.unchealthcare.org and their phone number is 984-215-5485. Please do not double book, but rather either go through UNC Health or OCHD.
Who is Next in Line to be Vaccinated?
Read more about the phases at the NCDHHS website.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
Who are Frontline Essential Workers?
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More information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services here. https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines
More information from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
Vaccine (shots) are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus, if you are exposed (also called immunity). Other steps, like wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you don’t live with, also help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you the disease itself.
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Most of these vaccines are given in two shots, one at a time and spaced apart. The first shot gets your body ready. The second shot is given at least three weeks later to make sure you have full protection. If you are told you need two shots, make sure that you get both of them. The vaccines may work in slightly different ways, but all types of the vaccines will help protect you.
How can I sign up to be vaccinated?
Health care workers with in-person patient contact, Long-term care staff and residents and individuals 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. For community members 65 and older, there is no requirement to have certain qualifying chronic conditions.
The Orange County Health Department is currently registering individuals 65 and older in the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS). Eligible individuals may begin the process of registering online by filling out our Vaccine Interest Form (VIF) at https://redcap.link/OCHDvax. Community members who don’t have access to a computer or who need assistance filling out the form may call 919-913-8088. Foreign language interpreters will be available. We are anticipating very high call volume and it may take several days before you receive a return call if you leave a voicemail.
To reduce the number of phone calls, residents in subsequent phases will be asked to register later. Eventually, the CVMS system will allow residents to register themselves.
When can you get vaccinated?
Orange County will follow the state and national plans for vaccinating the community. People most at risk will receive it first, and phases will continue until all people are able to be vaccinated. Dates for each phase are not certain at this time, but we know that vaccines will be available for those at highest risk of exposure in the initial phase. As more vaccines become available, other groups will become eligible.
Group 1: Health care workers & Long-Term Care staff and residents
- Health care workers with in-person patient contact
- Long-term care staff and residents—people in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and continuing care retirement communities
Group 2: Older adults
- Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation
Group 3: Frontline essential workers
- The CDC defines frontline essential workers as workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and who are at substantially higher risk for exposure to COVID-19
Group 4: Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness
- Anyone 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID-19 such as cancer, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, among others, regardless of living situation
- Anyone who is incarcerated or living in other close group living settings who is not already vaccinated due to age, medical condition or job function
- Essential workers not yet vaccinated. The CDC defines these as workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (e.g., construction), finance (e.g., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, public safety (e.g., engineers) and public health workers
Group 5: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination
Learn more about this plan here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.
Link to the infographic below: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/vaccines/NCDHHS-Vaccine-Infographic.pdf
Great care has been taken to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
Scientists had a head start. Although the vaccines were developed quickly, they were built upon years of work in developing vaccines for similar viruses.
Testing was thorough and successful. More than 70,000 people participated in clinical trials for two vaccines to see if they are safe and effective. To date, the vaccines are nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no safety concerns.
There is no COVID-19 virus in the vaccine. The vaccine imitates the infection so that our bodies think a germ like the virus is attacking. This creates the antibody defenses we need to fight off COVID-19 if and when the real germ attacks.
No major side effects. Some people may have temporary reactions after being vaccinated, such as swelling from the injection, tiredness or feeling off for a day or two.
What to Expect After Vaccination
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Where can I find answers to my vaccine questions?
Check out these pages for answers to frequently asked questions:
- NCDHHS: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
- UNC COVID-19 Vaccine Hub: https://www.yourshot.health
Or call the NCDHHS COVID-19 hotline at 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Healthcare Providers
COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians
ADA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists
Long Term Care Facilities COVID-19 Toolkit
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for the General Public
COVID-19 Vaccine Overview
- English: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/COVID-19-Vaccine-Update.pdf
- Spanish: https://files.nc.gov/covid/Hoja-Informativa-COVID-19.pdf
CDC Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
- English: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
- Spanish: https://espanol.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html