COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Updated: November 19, 2021

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccine Boosters Available for Everyone 18 and Older

Please note per CDC guidelines:

  • Your booster dose does not have to match your initial vaccine.
  • If you received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago, Duke Health recommends that you receive the Pfizer or Moderna booster.

You may make an appointment for a Pfizer or Moderna booster if you are 18 years old or older and received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 6 months ago, or you received the J&J vaccine at least 2 months ago.

For more information, please visit the CDC 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.

COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Children Ages 5 to 11

Following the FDA emergency use authorization and CDC recommendation, Duke Health is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11. The Pfizer vaccine is also available for adolescents ages 12 to 17.

If your child is a Duke patient, you can schedule their COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Through our online scheduling.
  • Through your Duke MyChart account.
  • By contacting your child’s primary care office directly.
  • By calling the Duke Health COVID-19 Hotline at 919-385-0429 (Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm).

If your child is not a Duke patient, you can schedule their appointment online.

When Using Online Scheduling

  • 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.

The Vaccine Has Undergone Extensive Study and Review
We are confident that it is safe and will decrease your child’s risk of getting sick from COVID-19, which can cause them to miss out on school, sports, and other activities and spread the virus to family and friends. If you have questions about the vaccine, we encourage you to talk to your primary care doctor.

For more information, please visit the CDC website.  

Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

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

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.

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. 

If You Need Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination but Lost Your Vaccination Card

If you have a Duke MyChart account, you can use it to pull up your vaccination record for proof of vaccination. To find your vaccination record, go to the menu on the top left, scroll to “My Record,” and click on COVID-19. There you will find your vaccination record and COVID-19 test results. Alternatively, you can visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website or the health department in the state where you received your vaccine. It will walk you through the steps to view your COVID-19 vaccination status.