View upcoming Buncombe County Vaccination Clinic Dates and Times
|Appointments required for the first vaccine dose. Refer to your vaccination card for the date of your second dose appointment. [Vaccination Calendar]
Update: As of April 7, 2021, anyone 16 and older can get vaccinated! Go to buncombeready.org or call (828) 419-0095 to schedule your appointment through Buncombe County. Please note that only Pfizer is approved for 16- and 17-year-olds, so if you select another provider, make sure they have Pfizer available. (Buncombe County Health & Human Services has Pfizer available.)
COVID-19 vaccines are available in Buncombe County from BC Public Health and other local providers at this time. Schedule your appointment with us by clicking the button above, or visit the NCDHHS Find a Vaccine Location website to find other local providers. COVID-19 vaccinations are your best shot at stopping COVID-19, you have a spot-take your shot.
Overview of First Dose Appointment at Buncombe County's COVID Vaccine Clinic:
- Walk-ups are not permitted at this time. You must have an appointment. Please schedule an appointment by clicking here.
- 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, as well as a few other questions to ensure they meet the current phase’s criteria.
- The ability to get a vaccine is not impacted by citizenship 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.
- From check-in to vaccine administration, the takes about 10 minutes. Following the vaccine, patients are monitored for adverse reactions for 15 or 30 minutes prior to being released.
- Once a patient 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. You do not need to schedule your second dose. The date and location of your second dose is on your CDC Immunization Card and the second dose flyer you received after your first dose. For information on your second dose, click here.
- Patients who receive the vaccine still need to continue wearing a mask, waiting six feet, and washing hands frequently.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine phases, see this NCDHHS infographic.
COVID-19 testing is still widely available. Visit the testing page at buncombeready.org for more information.
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.
As we move through the phases of the vaccination process, we ask our community to be patient. We are only able to schedule appointments based on the amount of vaccine that is shipped to our county. Please continue to practice the 3Ws and limit your exposure to others as much as possible. It will take all of us practicing the 3Ws with the vaccine, 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.
Click here to see the outline of the state's current phased approach.
General Information about the COVID-19 Vaccine:
If I had COVID-19, do I need to get the vaccine?
Yes. While we know that it is very good at preventing illness in the person who gets vaccinated, we do not yet know if it prevents asymptomatic infection or transmission of infection to others. 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.
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 (if you had symptoms) and have met 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 covalescent plasma, you must wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
I heard that there is a list for leftover doses at the end of the day. How can I get on that standby list?
The standby list is made up of those individuals who are in the active phase who have already registered for a vaccination. Our team will reach out to those next in line to see if they have flexibility to come in on short notice.
Once I get vaccinated, can I stop wearing my mask and stop following the other public health recommendations?
Even after getting vaccinated, it is still important to wear your mask and continue to follow public health guidance to protect yourself and others (e.g., the 3Ws, avoiding crowds, quarantining after exposure, etc.) Protection from the vaccine is not immediate; the first vaccines that will be available are each 2-dose series and it will take 1-2 weeks following the 2nd dose to be considered fully vaccinated.
If I still have to follow the 3Ws and all the other public health recommendations, why bother getting vaccinated?
Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The two vaccines, that are likely to be available initially, have been found to be highly protective against COVID-19 illness, including severe illness. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.
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; feeling very tired; 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. These side effects were more commonly reported after the second dose than after the first dose and were generally more frequent and severe in persons aged 18-55 years than in those aged >55 years.
Are there any allergy/anaphylaxis concerns?
Anyone with a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the COVID-19 vaccine or after a previous dose of the same vaccine should not receive it. The ingredients of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine are: mRNA, 4 lipids (including polyethylene glycol or PEG), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dehydrate, and sucrose. The vaccine contains no preservatives. Those who have had severe anaphylactic reactions to prior vaccines or injectable medications can still get the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but ideally should first talk to their provider about their prior reaction. The discussion should also review the risks of having a severe allergic reaction to this vaccine versus the benefits of vaccination. These individuals should be monitored for 30 minutes following COVID vaccination (compared to 15 minutes for all others receiving the vaccine). Anyone with a history of anaphylaxis or other allergic reaction due to other things that aren’t injectable medications or vaccines (like shellfish, food, latex, pollen, animal dander or stings, etc.) does NOT need to take any special precaution and should get vaccinated. They will only have to be observed for 15 minutes post-vaccination.
What should pregnant/breastfeeding persons do about getting the vaccine?
There are no data yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy. However, the initial vaccines available are mRNA vaccines, which are not thought to be a risk to the developing fetus. 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. There are no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating persons or the effects of mRNA vaccines on the breastfed infant or milk production, but mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to the breastfeeding infant. If a lactating person is part of a group who is in a priority group for a COVID-19 vaccine, they may choose to be vaccinated. A discussion with their healthcare provider can help them 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 of illness and severe disease. The fairly minor side effects of the vaccine are nothing in comparison to the potential harm from COVID-19 illness. We encourage our community to step up when it is their time for the COVID-19 immunization.
Visit the NCDHHS website for more FAQ's in English and Spanish.