Frequently Asked Questions
PMC has become recognized by the state as a vaccination site for Moore & Lee Counties. PMC’s current allocation from the state is 100 doses per week for Lee County and 100 doses per week for Moore County.
PMC is collaborating with FirstHealth Operation First Shot to schedule Moore County patients receive the vaccine based on vaccine availability. PMC has also provided all patients with contact information for local area health departments in order for patients to take advantage of vaccination appointments from these locations should they choose. To find a vaccination site near you visit: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/findyourspot.
Why do I need a written note from my doctor saying it is ok to get the COVID vaccine if I am taking blood thinners?
Based on recent guidance as of 1.17.2021, a note from your doctor regarding blood thinners will no longer be required.
The phases have moved to encompass 65+ and the last time I called PMC, the message seemed to be “don’t call us, we’ll call you.” When will that really happen?
The Governor of North Carolina did open phase 2 of vaccination distribution recently. We are excited that the Governor has taken this step but vaccine supply remains in short supply for Moore County. We receive weekly updates on how many vaccinations the county will receive and we quickly schedule appointments for that amount of vaccinations.
When will you get a call? We are not able to predict that with any level of certainty due to the limited supply of vaccine and the ever changing amounts the county receives. PMC is broadcasting the completion status of their contacts at https://www.pinehurstmedical.com/covid-19-vaccine-status/
I know FirstHealth Clinic patients who have been scheduled for COVID vaccinations. Why are Pinehurst Medical Clinic patients not being scheduled?
We are scheduling patients. As of January 17, 2021 we have reached over 1900 PMC patients and are currently, contacting patients who are 85+. Vaccine supplies are limited and FirstHealth, Pinehurst Medical Clinic, and County Health Departments are all scheduling patients.
We want to expand the vaccination appointments as soon as possible. We really do. Vaccine supply remains so low that it would not support vaccinating 24/7.
We do not know. Scientists have not had time to study if the vaccine reduces our ability to spread the virus to others after we have been vaccinated. Because of this, we recommend that you continue to follow the 3 W’s (Wear a mask, Wait 6 feet apart, Wash your hands often).
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The Vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19, as well as, people around you. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness.
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it is possible to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination.
Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, it is not known how long this protection lasts. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to meet FDA Emergency Use authorization.
The CDC states, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. These data demonstrate that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine outweigh the known and potential harms of becoming infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19).”
For additional safety information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses of vaccine. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection.