Vaccine FAQs

Craven County COVID-19 Vaccination:  Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the vaccine? 

Anyone that is 12 years of age or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You must be at least 12 years of age to receive the Pfizer vaccine and at least 18 years of age to receive the Moderna vaccine. 

How do I make an appointment? 

Individuals should call our COVID-19 Vaccine call center at 252-636-6693 to schedule a vaccine appointment. The call center hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. 

Where do I go to get my shot?

Individuals that schedule appointments through the Craven County Health Department will receive their vaccine at one of two COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic locations: Craven County’s New Bern Riverfront Convention Center in downtown New Bern located at 203 South Front Street or the Craven County Health Department located at 2818 Neuse Boulevard.  We will soon transition to administering vaccines at the Health Department. Please verify the location when you schedule your vaccine appointment. 

What if I have difficulty getting out of my car?

If an individual has difficulty getting out of their car, we have staff that can come to them. We also have wheelchairs available and our vaccine site is handicap accessible.

How long will it take?

Since we have scheduled appointments and we are pre-registering there are no long lines. Your visit will be very quick. The longest portion of the visit is the 15-minute wait after you receive your vaccine to make sure there are no adverse reactions. Fortunately, we have not seen any adverse reactions for either of the vaccines.

How much does it cost?

It is free.

How will I get my second dose?

We will schedule your follow up appointment for the second dose during your 15-minute wait time for the first dose. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine you will be scheduled three weeks later, if you receive the Moderna vaccine you will be scheduled four weeks later. For every first dose we give there is a second dose associated with it and sent to us automatically from our state contacts.

Do I have to get my second dose at the same place I got my first dose?

If you are getting a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, you can get the first dose anywhere. You will need to get your second shot from the same vaccine provider. The federal government automatically ships your second vaccine dose to the same provider who gave you your first dose.

Can I get the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19?

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 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.

Experts do not yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called “natural immunity,” varies from person to person.  It is rare for someone who has had COVID-19 to get infected again. It also is uncommon for people who do get COVID-19 again to get it within 90 days of when they recovered from their first infection.  We will not know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have more data on how well the vaccines work.

Can I get the vaccine if I am currently positive for COVID-19?

You will need to be symptom free for at least 24 hours and completed your isolation for 10 days prior to receiving the vaccine.

Can I get the vaccine if I have recently had another vaccine like the flu shot?

There is limited data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines administered with other vaccines. The vaccine should be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration with any other vaccine.