COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling

StarMed is proud to partner with the State of North Carolina to bring a safe and effective vaccine to our community. We have been approved by NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to be a COVID-19 Vaccine distributor.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

What you should know.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three vaccines for COVID-19; the Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna options. StarMed is currently offering all options.

Please read below for answers to commonly asked questions and to view the current phased approach to vaccine rollout in the State of North Carolina.

Commonly Asked Questions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization to two vaccines. One was developed by Pfizer and the other by Moderna. Other COVID-19 vaccines may be approved in the months ahead. StarMed offers both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines at this time for those receiving their 1st and/or 2nd doses.

The initial shipments of vaccine in the United States are being made available first to health care workers and nursing home residents and staff. See below for the full schedule phased approach in North Carolina to identify when you will be eligible to receive your vaccination.

StarMed Healthcare has been approved by NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to be a COVID-19 Vaccine distributor. Please take steps to understand which phase North Carolina is currently in so you do not register for a time slot you will not be eligible for. State and County officials are very serious about adherence to these phases.

When vaccine supplies are sufficient to allow for the vaccination of patients and other community members, StarMed will communicate broadly about the vaccination process. No appointments are being taken now.

Yes. A vaccine earns government approval only after it has been proven to be both safe and effective. The approval process involves panels of independent experts retained by the pharmaceutical companies as well as reviews by the FDA’s own scientific staff and an independent panel of experts convened by the FDA. No serious safety concerns have been reported with either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

No. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccines.

Yes. Very effective. In clinical trials, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were shown to be more than 94% effective.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will require two doses to ensure full protection. The Pfizer vaccine will require a second dose 21 days after the initial shot, and the Moderna vaccine will require a second dose 28 days later. The vaccines are not interchangeable, meaning that you will need to receive the same type of vaccine for both doses..

It normally takes two to three weeks for immunity to develop and several weeks for a full antibody response.

Some people may experience side effects, including sore arms, muscle aches and fever. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. These symptoms are not expected to last long.

Yes. Absolutely. We all will need to continue wearing masks, social distancing and washing our hands often. These precautions will be required until enough people have been vaccinated to contain the spread of the virus.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have not been tested on children. More research will be required before a vaccine can be made available to children. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those 16 and older.

Pregnant women should consult with their doctors about whether to get vaccinated.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has included a great deal of information on its website.

NC VACCINE GROUP SCHEDULE

Group 1: Health care workers & Long-Term Care staff and residents (ACTIVE)

Group 2: Older adults (ACTIVE)

Group 3: Frontline essential workers (ACTIVE)

Group 4: Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness (ACTIVE)

Group 5: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination (ACTIVE)

COVID-19 Employer Testing Information