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Posted on: November 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - November 2, 2021

For Immediate Release


COVID-19 Information

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Vaccine Information

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Don’t Wait…Get Your COVID Booster Vaccine Today

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are now available for all three approved COVID-19 vaccines.  The Food and Drug Administration has authorized and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now recommended the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shots as a way to help strengthen and extend one’s protection against the COVID-19 infection.

The Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19 booster shots are recommended for individuals who received their second dose at least six months ago and who are at high risk for severe illness or exposure based on their age, profession, living setting or health conditions. This includes people who are:

  • 65 years or older, and
  • 18 years or older who: 
  1. live or work in a nursing home or long-term care facility;  
  2. have underlying medical conditions; 
  3. work in high-risk settings like healthcare workers, teachers and childcare providers or food workers; or,
  4. live or work in a place where many people live together (for example, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farm housing, dormitories or other group living settings in colleges or universities).

 The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shot is recommended for individuals ages 18 and older who were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

Additionally, individuals are now able to receive any brand of the COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot, which in simpler terms means you can now mix and match your booster vaccine if you choose to.  Recent evidence does suggest, however, that both the Moderna and the Pfizer boosters do raise one’s antibody levels more than the Johnson & Johnson booster vaccine. With that being known, we do highly encourage you to speak with your primary care provider or your pharmacist if you should have questions about which booster may be right for you and/or your family members. 

If and when you go for your booster vaccine, please note that a doctor's note is not needed. Individuals who want to receive a booster shot will simply need to know the dates of any past COVID-19 vaccinations and perhaps the type of vaccine they originally received. Please note, however, that the brand of vaccine is only needed if an individual should choose to stay with their original vaccine type. Paper vaccination cards are very helpful and should be brought with you, if at all possible. 

Here locally, the COVID-19 booster shots are now available at the following locations:

  • Novant Health Clinic at the J.F. Hurley YMCA - 8 am to 5 pm Wed. and Friday; Appointments are strongly encouraged and please bring your vaccine card
  • Novant Health’s Primary Care Clinics - Call your primary physician for more information
  • Rowan County Public Health—Please call 704-216-8777; Option 3 to make an appointment 
  • Local Pharmacies - Walmart; Walgreens; CVS; Moose Pharmacy; Medicine Shoppe, Cannon Pharmacy
  • Local Grocery Stores - Food Lion

When scheduling your booster shot, please realize that you do not have to go back to the same place you received your initial dose(s). Any of the agencies or businesses listed above can assist you.  For more information on how to schedule an appointment and what types of vaccines are currently available, please visit any of the listed agencies/businesses’ websites or call them directly.


PIO Contact:
Amy Smith

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