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Buncombe County Vaccination Clinic FIRST DOSE Information

View upcoming Buncombe County Vaccination Clinic Dates and Times

Refer to your vaccination card for the date of your second dose appointment. [Vaccination Calendar]


Update: Anyone 12 and older can get vaccinated, no appointment necessary! Join us at our walk-in Buncombe County Vaccination Clinic, Monday through Friday at Buncombe County Health & Human Services at 40 Coxe Avenue (open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.), or visit the NCDHHS Find a Vaccine Location website to find other local providers. Please note that only Pfizer is approved for younger ages, beginning at 12 years of age. Buncombe County Health & Human Services has Pfizer available.

Tested, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines will help us defeat the virus, get back in control of our lives, and back to the people and places we love. Buncombe County Public Health and our community partners are following North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and have developed a local vaccination plan to serve our entire community.

COVID-19 testing is still widely available. Visit the testing page at for more information.

Overview of First Dose Appointment at Buncombe County's COVID Vaccine Clinic: 

  • No ID or specific documents are needed when someone arrives to get a vaccine.
  • The person will have to complete a short registration form with their name and contact information.
  • The ability to get a vaccine is not impacted by citizenship or immigration status.
  • Language services are available on site.
  • Please plan for safe transportation to the immunization site. Drivers and riders should wear masks and social distance to the extent possible.
  • Please wear a mask to the immunization site.
  • The process from check-in to vaccine administration takes about 10 minutes. Following the vaccine, people are monitored for adverse reactions for 15 or 30 minutes prior to being released.
  • Once a person receives a first dose of the vaccine, they should receive a reminder for their second dose via the State’s COVID Vaccine Management System and from Buncombe County. For information on your second dose, click here.
  • Please continue to practice the 3Ws and limit your exposure to others until you are fully vaccinated. It will take all of us practicing the 3Ws, along with getting vaccinated, to crush COVID. 

For more information:

BCHHS will provide information on the Buncombe Ready website, social media, mass notification system, and through our call center. We will continue to work closely with partner organizations, community messengers, and local media outlets to provide information throughout the phased vaccination process.

General Information about the COVID-19 Vaccine: 

If I had COVID-19 and recovered, do I need to get the vaccine?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with coronavirus and the fact that re-infection is possible, people should get a vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. The immunity someone gains from having an infection varies from person to person and some early evidence suggests it may not last very long. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Can I get a vaccine if I have COVID-19 or had it recently? 
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should wait to get your COVID-19 vaccine until you have recovered from your illness and have met the criteria to be released from isolation. People who have had COVID-19 in the prior 90 days may choose to delay vaccination until near the end of this period if desired because current evidence suggests reinfection is uncommon during this time. If you tested positive for COVID-19 and were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I am fully vaccinated?
No. Fully vaccinated people can safely resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If I'm high-risk due to chronic health issues, should I get the vax? 
Yes, we strongly recommend it. Some underlying and chronic health conditions increase your risk for severe COVID-19 illness. Clinical trials found that the vaccines were as safe and protective against COVID-19 illness in persons with underlying medical conditions compared to persons without these chronic health conditions. If you have concerns, talk to your healthcare provider. 

Are there potential side effects? 
Side effects following COVID 19 vaccination can include injection site pain, redness, and swelling; fever; tiredness; nausea; headache; chills; muscle aches and joint pain. Most are mild to moderate in severity, occur within the first 3 days of vaccination, and resolve within 1-2 days of onset. Side effects were more commonly reported after the second dose and generally more frequent and severe in people younger than 55 years.

Are there any allergy/anaphylaxis concerns?  
People with previous severe allergic reactions, also called anaphylaxis, to any ingredient in the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines should not receive that vaccine. People who have had anaphylaxis to any vaccination or treatment that is injected should discuss the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination with their healthcare provider. These individuals should be monitored for 30 minutes following COVID vaccination. People with a history of allergies to foods, animals, environmental triggers (i.e. pollen), latex or medications taken by mouth do not need to take any special precaution and can be vaccinated with any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant?
Yes. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting COVID-19 during pregnancy increases the risk of severe illness (ICU admission, mechanical ventilation and death) and may lead to an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth. If you have further questions about getting vaccinated, a discussion with your healthcare provider can help you make an informed decision.  

In closing, the decision to get a COVID vaccine is a personal choice and we encourage people who have questions to talk with their primary care provider or seek information from scientific sources like the CDC. Remember that if you don’t get immunized against COVID-19, you will remain at risk for illness and severe disease. The fairly minor side effects of the vaccine are nothing compared to the potential harm from COVID-19 illness.

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COVID-19 Vaccination - What You Need to Know (English) 159 KB 04/01/2021 4:39 PM
COVID-19 Vaccination - What You Need to Know (Spanish) 274 KB 04/01/2021 4:39 PM
Get Your Shot in Western NC - English 477 KB 04/21/2021 10:42 AM
Get Your Shot in Western NC - EspaƱol 522 KB 04/21/2021 10:42 AM