MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Mecklenburg County health officials announced that new COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be opening at its Bojangles Coliseum clinic starting Tuesday.
The clinic will start on March 30 at 8:30 a.m. through April 12. The new slots will allow for everyone in Group 1-5, including individuals over the age of 16, the availability to sign up to get vaccinated.
The groups can schedule their appointments with Group 5 being eligible for appointment dates starting on April 7. Beginning on April 7, Mecklenburg County Public Health will open new appointments weekly on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. for appointments for the following week.
Individuals in Groups 1 and 3 living or working in Mecklenburg County, Group 2 County residents 65 years and older, and all residents in Group 4 and Group 5 may make a first dose appointment at StarMed.Care or by calling MCPH COVID-19 Hotline at 980-314-9400. If no appointments are available, eligible individuals may join the waitlist at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.
About the Mecklenburg County Vaccination Plan
The Mecklenburg County Vaccination Plan aligns with Federal and State recommendations and follows current guidelines. Because vaccine supplies are limited, vaccine distribution is being rolled out in groups.
Groups currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Group 1: Health care workers fighting COVID-19 & Long-Term Care staff and residents—people in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and continuing care retirement communities); and
- Group 2: Anyone 65 years or older regardless of health status or living situation; and
- Group 3: Frontline essential workers who are required to be on-site for work:
- Critical manufacturing
- Education and childcare
- Essential goods
- Food and agriculture
- Government and community services
- Healthcare and public health
- Public safety
- Group 4: Residents 16-64 years old with one or more of the below high-risk medical conditions for severe disease from COVID-19, people living in close group settings, specifically shelters and detention centers and essential workers not yet vaccinated and currently working in one of the essential sectors outlined below.
- High Risk Medical Conditions:
- Asthma (moderate to severe
- Cerebrovascular disease or history of stroke
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Diabetes type 1 or 2
- A heart condition such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, including Down Syndrome
- Liver disease, including hepatitis
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia and schizophrenia
- Overweight or obesity
- Sickle cell disease (not including sickle cell trait) or thalassemia
- Smoking (current or former, defined as having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from: immune deficiencies, HIV, taking chronic steroids or other immune weakening medicines, history of solid organ blood or bone marrow transplant
- Essential Sectors:
- Chemical (including workers in petrochemical plants, agricultural chemicals, pharmaceutical facilities, consumer products)
- Commercial facilities (including retail workers, hotel workers)
- Communications and information technology (service repair dispatchers, data center operators)
- Construction, residential facilities, housing and real estate
- Defense industrial base (including workers supporting essential services to meet national security commitments)
- Energy (including electric, petroleum, natural and propane gas workers)
- Financial services (including workers who maintain systems for processing financial transactions, workers needed to provide consumer access to banking and lending services)
- Hazardous materials (including nuclear facilities workers, workers managing medical waste)
- Hygiene products and services (including laundromats, sanitation workers)
- Public works and infrastructure support services (including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, workers supporting parks)
- Water and wastewater (including staff at water authorities, wastewater treatment facilities, water sampling and monitoring)
Group 5: Starting April 7, everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination is eligible to make an appointment.
- High Risk Medical Conditions:
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
Mecklenburg County vaccine providers are administering three safe and highly effective COVID-19 vaccines that have been issued Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration: Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech. These COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone at no cost to the person receiving the vaccine, no matter whether you have health insurance.