BCHHS Public Health Alert: How to get 1st and 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccines

January 29, 2021

PROCESS FOR GETTING 1ST DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINE IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY

  • Current groups being vaccinated in Buncombe County (based on NCDHHS vaccine rollout plan):
    • Group 1:  Healthcare workers providing in-person patient contact (Health care workers in this group are defined as paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients, bodies, or infectious materials.)
    • Group 2:  Adults 65 and older
  • Individuals in both of these groups who need their 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine must sign-up on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine wait list in order to be eligible for a vaccine appointment.
  • As vaccines are received by the county, representatives from the Buncombe County Ready Team will contact individuals on the wait list via phone (the number will show as 828-419-0095) to schedule their 1st dose vaccine appointments. More details can be found here or at www.buncombeready.org.
  • Now that we have moved beyond Group 1, we are no longer requesting/requiring spreadsheets be sent to us for uploading to CVMS prior to people joining the waitlist/scheduling their vaccine appointments.
    • Staff who have not yet enrolled in CVMS can enroll onsite at the time of their vaccine appointment.

PROCESS FOR GETTING 2ND DOSES OF MODERNA & PFIZER VACCINES

  • Individuals who need their 2nd dose of either Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should come to Buncombe County’s drive-through 2nd dose COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at AC Reynolds High School, 1 Rocket Drive, Asheville, NC  28803, on the date for their 2nd dose that is written on their vaccine card.
    • Please enter from Reynolds School Road via the upper parking lot.
  • In order to spread out doses during the day, we are asking those who received their first dose in the morning to come for their 2nd dose the first half of the clinic day (8:30a-12:30p) and those who received their first dose in the afternoon to come for their 2nd dose the second half of the clinic day (12:30p-4:30p).
    • Due to concerns about inclement weather, tomorrow’s (Thursday, 1/28) vaccine clinics will open at 10am.
    • You can sign up for Buncombe County COVID-19 vaccine text alerts by texting BCAlert to 888-777.
  • Because of the complexities with COVID-19 vaccine storage and transport, we are asking that everyone do their best to come for their 2nd dose on the date written on their vaccine card. If you are unable to come for your 2nd dose on the date written on your vaccine card, please come as soon as possible after that date.
  • Because the number of 2nd doses each vaccine provider receives is based on how many 1st doses they gave, we strongly encourage people to get both their 1st and 2nd doses from the same vaccine provider.
  • Please bring your vaccination record card with you.
  • You will be in your vehicle the entire time. Please wear clothes that allow access to your upper arm. And, of course, wear your face mask.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT BUNCOMBE COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS

  • Spanish medical interpreters are available onsite. Access to telephonic interpreters for other languages also is available.
  • If someone needs to schedule transportation to either vaccination site, they should call 828-250-6750 several days in advance of their appointment and select Option 5. A Mountain Mobility Eligibility Specialist will assist with scheduling transportation.
  • While there is no cost to the individual to get either dose of vaccine, we do ask for health insurance information, if available, as we do bill public and commercial insurance for vaccine administration.
  • Buncombe County is not requiring documentation from healthcare providers for patients on blood thinner to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We counsel these patients that they may have an increased risk of bruising as a result of receiving an intramuscular injection and encourage direct pressure to the injection site for 2 minutes post-vaccination.
  • Due to lack of data on the safety & efficacy of co-administration with other vaccines, per CDC guidance, individuals should not have received another vaccine during the 14 days prior to or following their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
  • We will administer the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone who has recovered from prior COVID-19 infection and met criteria for release from isolation. The only exception to this would be if they received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as part of COVID-19 treatment – vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days in these individuals, per CDC guidance.
  • Our vaccine clinic medical staff follow the guidance in the CDC’s Pre-vaccination Checklist for COVID-19 Vaccines and the Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines.

NCDHHS INFORMATION ON VACCINE PRIORITY GROUPS

  • NCDHHS info on future vaccine priority groups, including more details about who will qualify as frontline essential workers (Group 3) and adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness (Group 4) can be found here.
  • We do not have any information at this time on when we will be opening vaccine up to Group 3.