COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Updated: October 5, 2021

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Pfizer Vaccine Booster Available for Eligible People
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation, Duke Health is offering the Pfizer vaccine booster to eligible people. You may make an appointment for the booster if you received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago and you are in one of the following groups:

For more information, please visit the CDC’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost. Schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine -- you do not need to be a current Duke Health patient to be vaccinated at Duke.

Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Immunocompromised Individuals

Duke Health is offering the third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to people whose weakened immune systems put them at the highest risk of serious, prolonged illness. This offering follows the FDA’s emergency use authorization, which is based on research that found the third vaccine dose offers these patients additional protection against the virus.

The FDA and CDC recommend you receive the third dose if you:

  • Are currently receiving cancer treatment for tumors or blood cancers
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress your immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant in the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress your immune system
  • Are taking high-dose steroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune system
  • Have been diagnosed with a moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency disease (such as DiGeorge syndrome and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Are living with advanced or untreated HIV infection

Please note: you must meet the FDA and CDC criteria listed above to receive the third dose. At this time, the third dose is not authorized for people who are 65 or older, have diabetes, obesity, heart disease, COPD, or other chronic health conditions that increase the severity and risk of complications from COVID.

You must receive the same version (Pfizer or Moderna) as your initial doses. In addition, the third dose should be given at least four weeks (28 days) after a second dose of the vaccine. At this time, there is not enough research to recommend a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Please talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about whether the third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is right for you.

Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Get your COVID-19 vaccine at one of our walk-in vaccine clinics. No appointment needed.

Pfizer Vaccine Available for Adolescents Ages 12 to 17

Adolescents age 12 - 17 are able to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

  • If you are between the ages of 12 and 17, you must go to a clinic offering the Pfizer vaccine as it is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for this age group. 
  • If you are between the ages of 12-15, a parent or guardian must accompany you to your appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions

Read answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Free Transportation to COVID-19 Vaccine Sites Is Available

Public Transportation
Free shared rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites are available to people with vaccination appointments. Please call at least 24 hours in advance to schedule your ride. 

Please note that you may be sharing rides with others and that masks and social distancing are required. When you call to schedule your ride, please have proof of appointment and the name and street address of the vaccination center ready. Let them know if you have special ride requirements.
GoTriangle:  919-485-7582
GoDurham:  919-560-1551
GoWake:      919-212-7005

Find NC COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services maintains a directory of vaccine locations in every county.