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Here’s where booster shots of all three COVID vaccines are available in the Triangle

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Booster shots, previously only available for the Pfizer vaccine, are now available for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as well.

Eligible North Carolinians who received the two-dose Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine can now get an additional shot, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Oct. 22.

And while Pfizer booster shots were earlier only available to those who received doses of the Pfizer vaccine, people who meet the eligibility criteria established by federal health officials can now choose any vaccine brand for their booster shot, the health department said.

The announcement came after the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for certain people.

Who can get a Moderna COVID booster shot?

For those who initially received the Moderna vaccine, the N.C. health department says people who got their second dose at least six months prior, and who meet the following criteria, can get a booster shot of any vaccine:

People 65 or older.

People 18 or older who live or work at a nursing home or long-term care facility.

People 18 or older who have an underlying medical condition that makes them more likely to become severely ill from COVID-19. Those conditions include cancer; chronic lung diseases like COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and others; diabetes (type 1 or 2); heart conditions like heart failure or coronary artery disease; being immunocompromised; or being overweight or obese.

People 18 or older who work in a high-risk setting, i.e. health care workers, teachers, childcare workers and food workers.

People 18 or older who live or work in a congregate setting like homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farm housing, or dormitories.

What about the Johnson & Johnson COVID booster?

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can get any booster shot of your choice if you are 18 years or older, and it has been at least two months since you got your shot, DHHS says.

The health department says booster shots of all three vaccines will be available anywhere COVID-19 vaccines are offered.

People won’t need to show a doctor’s note to get their booster dose, and can self-attest that they meet the eligibility criteria. Showing your vaccine card is recommended but might not be necessary, depending on where you get your shot.

Here’s where you can get a booster shot of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the Triangle.

Wake County COVID booster shots

Booster shots of all vaccines will be available at Wake County’s vaccine clinics beginning Monday, Oct. 25.

The clinics are not accepting walk-ins right now, so you will need to make an appointment at wakegov.com/covid-19-information/get-your-covid-19-shot.

Those seeking a booster shot must bring their vaccine card, and will be asked to self-attest that they meet the eligibility criteria to get a Pfizer or Moderna booster.

Here are the five sites where Wake County is currently administering shots:

Wake County Human Services Center, 5809 Departure Drive, Raleigh

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wake County Public Health Center, 10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh

Hours: Monday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest

Hours: Monday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wake County Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you need help getting to a clinic, the county offers a door-to-door transportation service which includes wheelchair service. Visit bit.ly/2ZnaVfX to find out if you are eligible and call the GoWake Access service at 919-212-7005 to request a ride.

After you get your booster shot, the county recommends signing up for V-Safe, a CDC service that sends occasional text messages allowing you to register any symptoms you may experience.

Johnston County COVID booster shots

The Johnston County Public Health Department will begin offering booster shots of all vaccines on Monday, Oct. 25, at 517 N. Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield.

Booster shots will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Anyone can get a COVID-19 vaccine for free, regardless of their health insurance coverage or immigration status, the county health department said.

But you should bring your vaccine card, the department advised.

CVS & Walgreens COVID booster shots

Both CVS and Walgreens have started offering appointments for eligible customers to get any booster shot they want. You can schedule an appointment at your local CVS at bit.ly/3B0iQgz and Walgreens at bit.ly/2UoXGsI.

Walmart & Sam’s Club COVID booster shots

Pharmacies at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores nationwide are also offering booster shots for all three vaccines, Walmart announced Friday.

Appointments can be scheduled online by creating an account at walmart.com/covid or samsclub.com/covid. Walk-ins are allowed at both chains too.

North Carolina COVID vaccine info

You can find other locations offering booster shots by visiting MySpot.nc.gov or calling the North Carolina COVID-19 vaccine help center at 888-675-4567.

This story will be updated as more locations offering booster shots are announced.

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