COVID-19 Vaccine

ECU Health is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone 5 and older. We are also offering third dose and booster appointments to eligible community members in accordance with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) guidelines.

You can view appointment availability by location and schedule vaccine appointments after completing the eligibility questionnaire below. You can also view ECU Physicians vaccination options here. For additional locations, this vaccine site locator shows all locations in North Carolina where vaccines are available.

Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment


Fill out the pre-screening questionnaire below to get started.

If you encounter any issues with the pre-screening questionnaire, feel free to connect with us directly at 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Vaccine Safety

Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for 12 Years of Age and Older – Important information to read before vaccination

Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for 5-11 Years of Age – Important information to read before vaccination

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Important information to read before vaccination

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Important information to read before vaccination

Before receiving FDA emergency use authorization approval, the COVID-19 vaccines went through rigorous testing and trials to prove they are safe and effective prior to distribution. ECU Health is confident in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

There is a potential for injection site reactions (redness, swelling, and pain) as well as fever, fatigue, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, and/or joint pain. These are signs that your immune system is building protection against the virus. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Until findings are available from clinical trials and additional studies, only limited data are available on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, including mRNA vaccines, administered during pregnancy. CDC and the FDA have safety monitoring systems in place to capture information about vaccination during pregnancy and will closely monitor reports.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or plan to be pregnant and have questions or concerns, it is recommended for you to discuss with your primary care provider before getting vaccinated.

The research has not shown a link between the COVID-19 vaccine and infertility or miscarriage. The CDC provides additional information for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Vaccine Eligibility

Yes, ECU Health is vaccinating eligible community members through a phased approach based on guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

Everyone 5 years of age or older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit the NCDHHS website for more information on who is eligible.

No. You cannot get your second dose at a ECU Health location if you received your first dose at a non-ECU Health location.

Yes. You can receive the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day, as well as within 14 days.

No. If you have symptoms related to COVID-19, consult your doctor and consider getting tested. Please wait until you have recovered to get the vaccine.

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. If you have received an antibody infusion (monoclonal antibody, Bamlanivimab) for the treatment of COVID-19, please wait 90 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and available to everyone regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

Receiving the vaccine will not negatively affect your immigration status. Data gathered during the vaccination process is kept confidential and will not be used for immigration enforcement.

Boosters

A booster shot is for people whose immune response may have weakened over time. This differs from an “additional dose” (intended for those who are immunocompromised) in that the initial response to the primary series doses was robust enough to protect against serious complications related to the virus.

ECU Health is offering booster shots to community members, in accordance with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) guidelines. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should follow the CDC’s booster guidance, which differs from standard booster guidance. Community members should complete the screening questionnaire above to see if you qualify.

For questions related to additional doses, please see the additional doses section of the FAQs.

According to the CDC, studies show that after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus may decrease over time. A booster shot may help increase immune response and improve protection against COVID-19.

No. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose in their primary series. For more information, please reference the CDC’s Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines page.

Additional Doses

An additional dose is for moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who may not have had a strong enough immune response from their initial doses.

ECU Health is offering additional doses to those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Complete the screening questionnaire above to see if you qualify. Please consult with your doctor if you have questions about additional dose eligibility.

For questions related to booster shots, please see the booster shots section of the FAQs.

An additional dose is recommended for immunocompromised individuals at least:

  • 28 days after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine

OR

  • 28 days after their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

An additional dose may prevent serious and possibly life-threatening complications of COVID-19 in people who may not have responded to their initial vaccine series. There is some limited data that suggests immunocompromised people who have low or no protection after two doses of mRNA vaccines may have an improved response after a third dose of the same vaccine.

Vaccine Scheduling

All ECU Health locations currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine are listed in the scheduling tool above.

Yes, appointments are required to receive the vaccine from ECU Health. Please see below for information on how to make an appointment.

  • Complete the screening questionnaire above and make an appointment.
  • Call 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. You’ll have the option to select assistance in English or Spanish.

No. ECU Health is not currently offering drive-up vaccination.

No. Appointments are required to receive a vaccine from ECU Health.

You can reschedule your second dose by calling 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

At Your Appointment

• Bring a government-issued ID
• Wear short sleeves if possible
• Arrive no more than 10 minutes before scheduled appointment
• Wear a mask

Yes, to ensure the safety of all, we will screen all individuals, which includes temperature checks. If an individual has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, they will be asked to re-schedule their appointment.

No, you do not need insurance to receive the vaccine from ECU Health.

There is no cost to receive the vaccine.

The total time may vary but please allow for approximately one hour, which includes a required 15 or 30 minute observation period.

After Your Appointment

Yes, while the vaccine offers great hope, it is important community members continue to practice safety habits, even if you’ve already received the vaccine: wear a mask, wash your hands often and avoid gatherings.

People are considered fully vaccinated:
• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

The CDC has recently shared guidance on what is advised after vaccination. You can read it here.

Call 252-847-8000 — available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and they can help you get a record of your vaccination.

Yes. You can generate a QR code or PDF file in MyChart to share your COVID-19 vaccination status and most recent test results*.

How to access:

  • Log into MyChart.
  • Select the menu icon.
  • Under the “My Record” section, click the “COVID-19” option.
  • Click the QR codes and Download/Export buttons to access the information.

*Test results will only be shown for COVID-19 tests conducted by ECU Health.