What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARV-CoV-2, a new coronavirus that emerged in 2019. It spreads easily from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some people who get infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms but are still able to pass it to others. Others, especially those who are 65 years or older or have underlying health conditions, may develop more severe symptoms that may require hospitalization or even lead to death.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever or chills
- Muscle/body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion/runny nose
- Vomiting or nausea
- Loss of taste or smell
Prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying 6 feet apart from others, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding large crowds when possible. If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, continue to wear your mask according to CDC, state, and local guidance. Consider getting vaccinated for COVID-19—it is the surest way of protecting yourself against COVID-19, and it is free!
If you have recently been exposed to someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you show symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 through your healthcare provider or contact the Onslow County Health Department at (910) 347-2154. For more information, visit the CDC website.
Why Is It Important to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way of helping protect you from the effects of COVID-19. The three vaccines currently available in the US (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) all greatly decrease the likelihood of you getting the disease or, if you do get it, significantly decrease the likelihood of you getting seriously ill enough to require hospital care or die from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine also reduces the likelihood of you passing the virus to others who have not yet been vaccinated or are unable to due to age, being immunocompromised, or having certain medical conditions. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, now called Comirnaty, has been fully approved by the FDA for use in individuals 16 years or older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson received Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA for use in adults 18 years or older. Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty also received Emergency Use Authorization for use in children aged 5 to 15 years old.
The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways. Help Onslow County Health Department make our community a safer place to be by scheduling an appointment to get your free COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaccine Clinic today! Currently, we are also accepting walk-ins. We carry all three FDA-approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
For more information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, visit the CDC website or the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources website. If you have any questions, please speak with your healthcare provider or call the
Why Get the COVID-19 Vaccine for My Child or Teen?
All children 12 years or older are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Although most children who get COVID-19 do not have severe symptoms that require going to the hospital, there have been some cases of severe illness. Children and teens can also pass COVID-19 to family members or others who come into close contact, even if they do not show any symptoms. The Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine, which received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for children 12 to 15 years old and is fully approved by the FDA for teens 16 years or older, has gone through extensive clinical trials and testing. It is safe and effective.
Children or teens who get vaccinated do not have to miss school for 14 days after exposure to a close contact who tested positive for COVID-19 if they show no symptoms. Get your child or teen caught up on all their shots today – they can receive their COVID-19 vaccine along with routine vaccinations needed for school at the same visit! The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone. Click here for more information on childhood vaccinations.
You can now self-schedule for your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment with the Onslow County Health Department!
Once you have completed the scheduling portion, you are now ready to complete the registration forms. All recipients will be expected to fill out a Vaccine Registration Form even if you utilized the "Self-Scheduling" feature. To speed up the process on your appointment day fill out the form completely and SAVE. There is no need to sign (you can sign when you get to the Vaccine Clinic.) Once the form is filled out and saved, email it to OCHD-Vaccine@onslowcountync.gov. Please note that depending on the type of internet browser you are using (Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) the ability to download and save may look different. Always check the file before sending to make sure all the information you filled was saved. Someone will call to schedule your appointment. You can also print out this form and bring it with you on your appointment day.
What to Bring to Vaccine Clinic
- Photo ID
- Any applicable medical insurance card(s)
Note: if you participate in a Medicare Advantage Plan, the COVID-19 administration claim must be submitted to your Original/Traditional Medicare (red/white/blue card). Fill in your Original/Traditional Medicare information on this form and/or bring your card to your appointment.
- Pfizer Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
- Moderna Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
- Johnson & Johnson Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
- HIPAA - Onslow County Government Privacy Guidelines Notice of Privacy Practices (English) (effective 12-01-2020).pdf
- Frequently Asked Questions (English)
- Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish)