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COVID-19 Vaccinations: Your Questions Answered

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — February 17, 2021
As North Carolina works to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all residents, everyone has questions. Here are some of the answers!



What you need to know

  • It’s not new. Scientists have been working on similar vaccines for years.
  • It’s tested. More than 70,000 people volunteered to test the two vaccines to make sure they are safe. The volunteers were from all backgrounds.
  • It’s safe. You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have a sore arm, headache or feel tired for a day or two after the shot.
  • It’s free. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for free, even if you don’t have insurance.

Where to get the vaccine​

Your local health department or hospital can help you get your shot. Because supplies are very limited right now, most doctors don’t have it available in their offices. Find your vaccination site here.

You can also call the COVID-19 vaccine help center at 888-675-4567. It’s free. View this information in Spanish.

Who goes first?

Vaccinations are being distributed in five tiers, beginning with Group 1:
  • Group 1: Health care workers and those who care for loved ones at home
  • Group 2: Older adults, ages 65 and older
  • Group 3: Frontline essential workers including teachers, child care staff, grocery store workers and other food-related workers
  • Group 4: Adults at high risk of exposure and increased risk of severe illness like those being treated for cancer or serious heart conditions
  • Group 5: Everyone

To get more information

The best place to find current information about the vaccines is from the NC Department of Health & Human Services: You Have a Spot. Take Your Shot.


View or download the COVID-19 Vaccinations: Your Questions Answered [English]
Vea o descargue Las Vacunas COVID-19: Respuestas A Las Preguntas De Nuestros Miembros 
[Español]

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