Get Your COVID-19 Shot!

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Wake County Public Health encourages everyone ages 12 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine – it’s free, safe and easier than ever. There are three vaccines available, free of charge: Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 12+) En españolModerna (ages 18+) En español, and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+) En español  And, if you get a shot before midnight on Sunday, August 1, you'll have two chances to win a million dollars (learn more).

Just walk in! Or make an appointment.

Wake County Public Health has five vaccination locations open six days a week, including weekends and evening hours. Check out the schedule below. You can just walk in OR use the online form to make an appointment. You can also call the NC COVID-19 hotline at 888-675-4567There are pop-up events in the community each week too – check the flyer and the Featured Events below to see where we are this week!

Wake County Human Services Center
5809 Departure Drive, Raleigh
Vaccine Brand: Pfizer
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Wake County Public Health Center
10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh
Vaccine Brand: Pfizer

Wake County Northern Regional Center
350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
Vaccine Brand: Moderna
Monday & Friday
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday
12:30–7:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wake County Southern Regional Center
130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
Vaccine Brand: Moderna

Wake County Eastern Regional Center
1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
Vaccine Brand: Pfizer
Tuesday & Thursday
12:30–7:30 p.m.

Wednesday & Friday
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Wake County Public Health is not the only vaccine provider in our community. To find a vaccination location in Wake County, visit the NC Vaccine Finder.

A Safe, Effective Vaccine

Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine:

Scientists had a head start.
Although the COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly, they were built upon years of work in developing vaccines for similar viruses.

No coronavirus in the vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines imitate the infection, so our bodies think that we are infected without being infected. This creates the antibody defenses we need to fight off COVID-19 if – and when – the real COVID-19 virus attacks.

Thorough & successful testing
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 serious illness and death due to COVID-19 with no safety concerns.


We understand you may have questions about the vaccine. That’s why we created the FAQ below to help provide you with answers. The vaccination process is constantly changing, and so may our responses over time. We encourage you to check this site regularly for the latest updates.

General Vaccine FAQ

Who can be vaccinated now?

Everyone 12 and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina.

At this time, Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for those under 18 years old, but Wake County Public Health's appointment system allows for those 12 and up to choose locations where Pfizer is being offered.

See our vaccine clinic schedule to find a spot near you to walk in OR make an appointment. You can also call our Vaccine Hotline at 888-675-4567.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Wake County Public Health is one of many providers in Wake County receiving shipments of the vaccine. Find a vaccination location near you at NC Vaccine Finder.

All providers are working closely together to vaccinate the public against COVID-19 and help keep our community healthy and safe.

Anyone 12 and older can walk in or make an appointment with our online vaccine schedule and request form or by calling call the vaccine hotline at 888-675-4567.

Do I still need to wear a mask after I'm fully vaccinated? Can I gather with other vaccinated people?

The vaccine alone won’t stop the spread of COVID-19 right away. Still, it's a major breakthrough in preventing serious illness from COVID-19 and needs to be used in combination with other prevention methods.

These vaccines have been proven to effectively prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19; however, it’s still possible that some vaccinated people could get infected without developing symptoms. This means people who are vaccinated could silently be spreading the virus, especially if they come in close contact with others or stop wearing masks.

It is important to remember that children under 12 cannot be vaccinated and are still at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can: 

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. 
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household unless any of those people have an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For example, you can visit unvaccinated relatives who all live together or an unvaccinated friend without a mask. If any of the people you are visiting has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and are not vaccinated, wear a mask.

If you’ve been around or exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.

We learn more about how long vaccination protection lasts as more people become protected through vaccination over time. It's estimated at 70-85% of people will need to receive a vaccine to stop the spread of COVID-19.

What kind of side effects do the vaccines have? Will I need to take time off work?

Some people report temporary reactions after being vaccinated, such as swelling from the injection, tiredness or feeling bad for a day or two. These are normal symptoms and a sign of a proper immune response, similar to those experienced when receiving other routine vaccinations. These reactions typically last no longer than a day and a half. You cannot become infected with COVID-19 from receiving the vaccine. Please consult your primary care physician if you have any concerns about the way you’re feeling after vaccination. View more information here.

How many doses of the vaccine do I need for it to be effective?

Wake County Public Health is using all the COVID-19 vaccines available to the public. Your vaccine provider will tell you what vaccine you are receiving and will let you know when and how to schedule your follow-up appointment.

All vaccines have shown to be safe and effective in preventing death and serious illness due to COVID-19.

The goal of using all vaccines available is to increase vaccination rates so our community can stop the spread of COVID-19 and get back to life.

It is important that people do not mix vaccine brands for their first and second shots. Receiving the second shot of the same vaccine as your first shot is critical in achieving the vaccine's total protection.

Doses Needed for Full Coverage

Vaccine Brand

Doses Needed

Days Until 2nd Dose


2 doses

21 days


2 doses

28 days

Johnson & Johnson

1 dose

No 2nd dose required

Can I pick which vaccine brand I receive?

Yes, Wake County Public Health does show you the expected brand(s) of vaccine offered at each site when you're making an appointment.

All the approved vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in reducing death and serious hospitalization from COVID-19.

Efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccines in Preventing Death and Serious Illness




95% effective


94.1% effective

Johnson & Johnson

81.7% effective

Most common side effects are injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain and fever. Side effects are more common after the second dose, especially for younger adults.

It is important that people do not mix vaccine brands for their first and second shots. Receiving the second shot of the same vaccine as your first shot is critical in achieving the vaccine's total protection. Your vaccine provider will help you determine if you need a second dose and how/when to come back to get full protection.

The goal of using all vaccines available is to increase vaccination rates so our community can stop the spread of COVID-19 and get back to life.

I can't decide if I should get the vaccine – what's your advice?

The COVID-19 vaccines are shown to be safe and effective. While these vaccines were developed quickly, they were built upon years of work in developing vaccines for similar viruses. To test the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, more than 100,000 people participated in clinical trials. To date, those vaccines are nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no serious safety concerns. Read more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

How much will a COVID-19 vaccination cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone for free, whether or not you have health insurance. The federal government is purchasing the vaccines. Just like Wake County Public Health continues offering no-cost COVID-19 testing, we will be working to make sure everyone has equal access to the vaccine, as well.

If I already had COVID-19, do I need to be vaccinated?

Yes, you should get vaccinated whether you've had COVID-19 or not.

Sometimes after being infected by a virus, your body builds up a “natural immunity” by making its own antibodies. But right now, there’s not enough information available to confidently say if being infected with COVID-19 creates any protection from getting it again. Early evidence suggests that natural immunity to COVID-19 may not last very long, so that's why it's recommended that everyone get a vaccine, even if you've tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered.

If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

It is safe to get vaccinated if you have been infected in the past. Additional information can be found here for the COVID-19 vaccines.

Is the vaccine safe for pregnancy or those trying to conceive?

Pregnant and breastfeeding women may choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant women can talk with their doctors before making the choice. You do not need to take a pregnancy test before you get your vaccine. Women who are breastfeeding may also choose to get vaccinated. The vaccine is not thought to be a risk to a baby who is breastfeeding. Additional information can be found here.

I don't like needles. Is there any other way to vaccinate me against COVID-19?

Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is only available as a shot. Talk to a doctor, nurse or medical professional about your fear of needles. Many people report being afraid of needles, but they weigh the benefits of feeling that brief prick against getting sick if they contract COVID-19. When you get vaccinated, it not only protects you, it protects our community by breaking the chain of infection that COVID-19 relies on to spread.

Should my child get the vaccine?

Children 12 and up have been approved by the FDA and CDC to receive the Pfizer vaccine under an emergency authorization. Additional studies are underway for children under 12 years old.

Is there a new, more dangerous strain of COVID-19?

Mutations in viruses, including the coronavirus which is causing the COVID-19 pandemic, are neither new nor unexpected. There are several additional strains and there will likely be more as this pandemic progresses. The more people infected by COVID-19, the more chances there are for mutations to occur. That's why getting vaccinated and following the 3Ws continue to be our best defense against exposure, infection, and the evolution of new strains.

Our state has increased the number of specimens it regularly submits to the CDC for genetic sequencing, which detects new strains and vaccine sensitivity. The vaccine manufacturers are testing their vaccines against the new strains and will develop new boosters as needed. Currently, no new boosters are needed.

How Can I Get the Vaccine – FAQ

I want to get my vaccine at a Wake County Public Health site. How do I do that?

Wake County Public Health vaccination sites are by appointment or walk-in.  You can find our schedule for a clinic near you or reserve an appointment to help expedite your check-in. Fill out our brief vaccine form here or call 888-675-4567. If you use our online appointment form, you will:

  • Immediately be able to see the available locations, times and vaccine brands offered by Wake County Public Health. Right now, only Pfizer is authorized for those 12 and older.
  • You'll receive an appointment confirmation.
  • You'll also receive an separate email from North Carolina’s COVID Vaccine Portal to complete your registration with the state. Completing this quick form in advance will speed up your check-in process at your appointment. If you don't get this state email, don't worry – we'll take care of our state registration when you arrive for your confirmed appointment.
  • It will also help if you can show us your appointment information (which should include a barcode/QR code) when you arrive. You can print out or simply show us a picture on your phone or in your email on your smartphone. This will help speed you through the check-in process.

If I receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, how can I make my second appointment?

You should immediately get an email after your first shot or staff will be available on-site to help you make an appointment for your second dose of vaccine. You should be provided with a vaccine card where staff will write the date of your second appointment.

If you don't make an appointment while you're here with us, the best way to check availability and get your second appointment is to call 888-675-4567. We’ll do everything we can to ensure you don’t miss your second dose.

We are regularly adding appointment times.

If I show up without an appointment, can I get the vaccine?

We've simplified the appointment process – there's no more request list, no more wait list and no more required appointments. Walk-ins are now welcome, but we do encourage those who wish to expedite their check-in to fill out our online form. As soon as you answer a few questions, you will immediately have access to choose from our available appointments and receive an email confirmation.

Other Resources

For more information about vaccines, call or email us:

888-675-4567     [email protected]