COVID-19 Vaccine Information-Updated 3/31
Posted on 03/31/2021
Current Priority Groups | Henderson County providers are vaccinating:
- Group 1: Health Care Workers and Long-Term Care Staff and Residents
- Group 2: Older Adults
- Group 3: Frontline Essential Workers
- Group 4: Higher Risk Medical Conditions and Additional Congregate Settings
Henderson County Call Center: 828-585-4700 | Screening Form
NC COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center: 888-675-4567
Vaccine Fact Sheets: Pfizer-BioNTech | Moderna | Janssen (J&J)
On Jan. 14, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) updated its priority groups for vaccine providers to follow. Vaccine providers in Henderson County are working collaboratively to vaccinate all eligible groups.
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Registration
The Henderson County Department of Public Health has opened COVID-19 vaccination appointments to all currently eligible groups to schedule online or by phone.
The Health Department has launched the COVID-19 Registry, which allows individuals in all currently eligible groups in North Carolina to be contacted for a vaccine appointment when available by phone or email. Individuals can sign up here.
When their turn comes, registrants will be sent a notification by phone and email with instructions to schedule an appointment online themselves or connect with a Call Center representative for assistance. The registry is available in Spanish and the Call Center is staffed with Spanish speakers.
Vaccine supply remains limited, and appointments are still being scheduled on a week-to-week basis. It may be a few weeks before individuals on the registry receive a notification to make an appointment.
The Health Department is still primarily receiving vaccine that requires two doses for full efficacy: Moderna (28 days apart) and Pfizer (21 days apart). Health officials strongly recommend the public take the first vaccine that is offered to them. All three available vaccines have proven to be very effective in preventing hospitalization and death caused by COVID-19.
Need a lift to your vaccination appointment?
Henderson County residents may contact Apple Country Transportation for a free ride to their pre-scheduled vaccination appointment. Busses are clean, safe and comfortable and serve COVID-19 immunization clinics throughout Henderson County. Call (828) 698-8571 to schedule a ride.
Key points to remember:
- This whole campaign will take months, not weeks. Everyone will eventually have access to a tested, safe and effective vaccine, but that will take months to achieve. We ask for patience as we navigate this process.
- Public Health will depend on the public’s ability to access and review written information about the vaccine plan. All public health partners are busy both caring for COVID-19 patients and vaccinating those in approved priority groups, leaving them with very little time to respond to each individual question or concern.
- Many concerned individuals such as seniors don’t frequently use or have access to the internet or social media for information. We ask community and faith-based organizations to assist with education of their staff and membership.
- Variables that will impact our vaccination plan include vaccine supply, ongoing demands with COVID-19 case surges and the availability of personnel and resources to administer vaccines.
- Practicing the 3 W’s has proven to be incredibly effective at protecting people. Almost all of Henderson County’s cases are associated with settings where people dropped their guard with family members not in their household, co-workers, neighbors and friends.
It is a difficult and stressful time for everyone, but this is the top public health priority for our community. The entire public health system including our hospitals, community health center, emergency services and the medical community are dedicated to making this happen as quickly as possible. We ask for your patience and understanding as this effort continues to unfold.