COVID-19 Vaccine Information

We now offer the COVID-19 vaccine & booster shots for established patients.

Our patients may receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a routine office appointment, or, by visiting any office location during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Note: offices close for lunch 11:45 to 12:45.

Who is eligible: adults 12 and older
Brands of COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer (approved for adults 12 and older) or Moderna (approved for adults 18 and older)

Health officials report increased urgency for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the dangerous new Delta variant is rapidly spreading in North Carolina. If you are not sure about the COVID-19 vaccine, your provider at The Family Health Centers is here to discuss your concerns. Please schedule an appointment with us to discuss your concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Watch one Western North Carolina woman’s COVID-19 story from Graham County, on WLOS ABC-TV here.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine 3rd Dose for immunocompromised information here.

The vaccine is administered at no cost to all residents of North Carolina.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

The Family Health Centers now offers the following COVID-19 vaccine booster options:

  • 3rd shots of Moderna or Pfizer for immunocompromised patients (28 days or longer after 2nd shot)
  • Pfizer booster shots for eligible patients – see below.

What to do:

  • If you are an established patient, you may obtain COVID-19 vaccine shots at all locations of The Family Health Centers on a walk-in basis, or, during a pre-scheduled appointment during regular business hours. Reminder: offices close for lunch between 11:45 AM and 12:45 PM.

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine booster if it has been at least 6 months since your second Pfizer shot, and one of the following is true:

  • You are 65 or older.
  • You are 18 and older and:
    • You live or work in a nursing home or other long-term care residential facility.
    • You have a medical condition that puts you at high risk for severe illness; for example obesity, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
    • You work in a high-risk profession, meaning you come into contact with a lot of people, and you don’t know their vaccination status; for example, health care workers, first responders, teachers, food processing workers, retail and restaurant workers, and public transportation workers.
    • You 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.

These are just examples and not meant to be a complete list. Patients may self-attest that they are in one of these groups. Proof is not needed.

Other Vaccine Resources

Contact the NC DHHS  COVID-19 Help Center at 1-888-675-4567

Find information about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine here.

Everyone 12 and older in North Carolina is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit to find and schedule with your local vaccine provider.

Buncombe County offers walk-in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals 12 years of age and older at the Buncombe County Health Department at 40 Coxe Avenue, Downtown Asheville. Buncombe County additional Assistance by phone is available by calling 828-419-0095.

Need the vaccine to come to you? Check this list of vaccine providers who offer in-home service for those who are homebound.

Sam’s Club offers vaccine appointments at most area locations. Non-members can sign up for a free guest membership to schedule their appointments. Schedule appointments here.

CVS is offering limited vaccine appointments in the Western North Carolina region. Check here for available locations.

Sona Pharmacy is offering the COVID-19 vaccine. You can sign up for email updates (including when specific vaccines will be in stock), get up-to-date information, and book your vaccine appointment on the SONA website here.

Ingles Pharmacy offers the COVID-19 vaccine at a limited number of pharmacy locations. More information here.

MAHEC offers appointments for eligible adults. Register with MAHEC here.

Walgreens offers a limited number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments. More info here.

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If you received your first COVID-19 vaccine shot, thank you for taking steps to protect yourself and your community.

  • Please follow the instructions you received for obtaining a second shot if you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The level of protection increases dramatically after receiving the second shot of the vaccine. Second shots also provide longer-lasting immunity compared to a single dose.
  • With your vaccine, you received a card with the date of your second dose. Please bring your vaccination card and insurance card to be fast-tracked through the second-dose vaccination process.

We understand that our patients are eager to learn more about the vaccine.

Tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will help us defeat the virus, get back in control of our lives and back to the people and places we love. 

  • We encourage you to visit this webpage for detailed information about the vaccine in North Carolina.
  • Follow the plan for rolling out COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina here.
  • View additional FAQ’s  about the vaccine in NC here.

CDC toolkit vaccines can prevent COVID

Non-Buncombe County residents: please check your county health department website for updates

Helpful links:
Haywood County Public Health Services
Haywood Vaccine Sign up Form
Henderson County Department of Public Health
Pardee Hospital – UNC Health Vaccine page
McDowell & Rutherford Counties – Foothills Health District
Madison County Health Department

Please note that there may be intermittent delays with appointments when counties are awaiting vaccine allotments from the State.

Important Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • COVID-19 vaccines will NOT give you COVID-19
  • People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated
  • Getting vaccinated can help prevent getting sick with COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests
  • COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you risk giving it to loved ones who may get sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice.

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