COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Updated: September 24, 2021

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Pfizer Vaccine Booster Available for Eligible Populations
In accordance with the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation, the following populations are now eligible and encouraged to receive a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine if the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine series was received more than 6 months ago:

  • People ages 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings. 
  • People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions.
  • People ages 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People ages 18 to 64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings (i.e. work in a health care setting or a school) may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine based on their individual benefits and risks.

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

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people age 16 and older. 

  • 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

Ride United NC
Duke Health is a proud financial supporter of Ride United NC, which provides free round-trip transportation for COVID-19 vaccine appointments to low-income residents to help ensure the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please call 1-844-771-RIDE (7433) to schedule a free round-trip Lyft ride. Support in Spanish is available through the Ride United NC call center. For more information, please visit the Ride United NC website.

Duke Health Benefits Enrollment Center
The Duke Health Benefits Enrollment Center offers free transportation for individuals 65 years and older who are quarantining due to comorbidities and who are without financial and caregiver support. Eligible individuals must live in the following counties: Durham, Granville, Vance, Warren, Wake, Franklin, and Nash. Please call 919-681-7356 at least 48 hours before your appointment to request this service.

Find NC COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

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