Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County residents aged 12 and up are all now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and there are plenty of free and convenient options across the county.
According to data from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), 34,725 Chatham residents have received at least one dose, accounting for 46.6% of the county’s total population, as of May 12th. Overall, 41.5% are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, marking 30,901 individuals. For more on Chatham and North Carolina vaccination data, visit here.
North Carolinians Aged 12 and Older Now Eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
On December 11, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 16 and older. On May 10, 2021, the FDA extended that EUA to include individuals 12 years old and older. The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization and Practices also unanimously recommended the use of the vaccine for 12-15 year-old adolescents on Wednesday, May 13th, with the CDC director adopting the recommendation later in the day. To learn more about the CDC’s recommendation, visit here.
The FDA granted the amendment of the EUA after reviewing safety data. In the clinical trial, the Pfizer vaccine was found to be 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 among younger participants without evidence of prior infection of SARS-CoV-2. To learn more about the FDA’s decision, visit: here.
In response, the NC Department of Health and Human Services expanded the NC State Health Director’s Statewide Standing Order for the COVID-19 vaccine to include all individuals aged 12 and older for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Many Vaccination Options for Chatham County Residents
As a result of the FDA and CDC’s decision, all Chatham County residents ages 12 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and have a variety of means to do so in Chatham County. For locations in and around Chatham County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, including the type of vaccine they offer, visit myspot.nc.gov.
Local options include:
- The Chatham County Public Health Department is offering first- and second-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations at its Siler City clinic (1000 S. 10th Ave.) on Fridays. To make an appointment, call 919-742-5641. Walk-ins will also be welcome.
- StarMed Healthcare is continuing to operate Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 PM to 6 PM. To pre-register, visit starmed.care or call (980) 445-9818. Walk-ins are also accepted.
- StarMed Healthcare is providing Pfizer vaccinations at the Goldston Town Hall (40 Coral Ave #A) from 2 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday, May 19th, and Wednesday, May 26th. Second-dose appointments will follow three weeks later. To pre-register, visit starmed.care or call (980) 445-9818. Walk-ins are also accepted.
- Other local providers, including Pittsboro Pharmacy, are giving the Pfizer vaccine. Visit myspot.nc.gov for all options.
There are several other locations across Chatham County, including supermarkets and local pharmacies. For more on those locations, visit here.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and the CCPHD’s vaccination plans, visit chathamcountync.gov/coronavirusvaccine. To learn more about the Chatham County Public Health Department, visit chathamcountync.gov/publichealth or facebook.com/chathamhealth.