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SampsonRMC Walk-In Vaccine Clinic

Sampson Regional Medical Center is now offering regularly scheduled weekly clinics until further notice. These are FREE walk-in only clinics, no appointment needed.  

SAMPSON REGIONAL MEDICAL PARK  |  522 BEAMAN STREET, CLINTON, NC 28328

Tuesdays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  |  MODERNA Lunch Hour Clinic - Moderna Vaccine is for individuals age 18 and older.

Thursdays, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm  |  PFIZER Clinic - Pfizer Vaccine is for individuals ages 5 and older. 

CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19 - updated Nov 3, 2021. Read more from CDC about why children and teens should get vaccinated  


Who is eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot?  updated 11/21/21

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone 18 years or older who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine get a booster six months after their second dose to help strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19. This comes after the Food and Drug Administration authorized the boosters for such use today

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster was made available in late October and is recommended for individuals ages 18 and older who were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

Which booster should you get?  Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States


Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Individuals seeking to receive their additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may visit during clinic hours with no appointment necessary. 

 New Guidance  |  10 Facts You Need to Know  |   Vaccine Myths  |   About the Vaccine  |  FAQ Second Dose


Find a Vaccine

Finding a Vaccine is easy. Locate a vaccine nearest you by visiting vaccines.gov

Sampson County COVID-19 Vaccine Locations:

SampsonRMC Vaccine Clinic | 522 Beaman Street, Clinton, NC 28328 
Walk-in clinic, no appointment needed 
Hours: Every Tuesday 11:30am-1:00pm (Moderna age 18+) | Every Thursday 3:00pm-4:30pm (Pfizer age 5+)

Walmart | 1415 Sunset Ave, Clinton, NC 28328 
Appointment required, click here to schedule 

Goshen Medical Center  |  906 US-421, Clinton, NC 28328
Appointment required, click here to schedule 

Clinton Drug Company  |  307 Beaman St, Clinton, NC 28328
Appointment required, click here to schedule  

CVS Pharmacy  |  507 College St, Clinton, NC 28328 
Walk in or click here to schedule an appointment 

Walgreens Co.  |  601 College St, Clinton, NC 28328  |  218 E Doctor M.L.K Jr. Blvd, Roseboro, NC 28382
Walk in or click here to schedule an appointment 

Sampson County Health Department  |  360 County Complex Rd, Clinton, NC 28328 
Walk in and appointments available every Monday and Friday. For more information, please call (910) 490-1056 or (910) 592-1131. 

CommWell Health of Salemburg  |  500 S. Fayetteville St, Salemburg, NC 28385 
Appointments required, click here to schedule


New Guidance

CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19 - updated Nov 3, 2021

Read more from CDC about why children and teens should get vaccinated  

Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 11/18/2021 by CDC

Are booster shots the same formulation as existing vaccines?

Yes. COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccine of the recommended groupses. However, in the case of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, it is half the dose of the vaccine people get for their initial series.

If we need a booster shot, are the vaccines working? 

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.  

If we need a booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

What are the risks to getting a booster shot?

So far, reactions reported pdf icon[707 KB, 24 pages] after getting a booster shot were similar to that of the 2-shot or single-dose initial series. Fever, headache, fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the 2-shot or single-dose initial series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur. 

Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster shot?

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine. 

What is the difference between a booster shot and an additional dose?

A booster shot is administered when a person has completed their vaccine series and protection against the virus has decreased over time. Additional doses are administered to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. This additional dose of an mRNA-COVID-19 vaccine is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series.

Data supporting  Need for a Booster Shot

Although COVID-19 vaccination for adults ages 65 years and older remains effective in preventing severe disease, recent data pdf icon[5 MB, 88 pages] suggest vaccination is less effective at preventing infection or milder illness with symptoms over time.

  • Emerging evidence also shows that among healthcare and other frontline workers, vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infections is also decreasing over time.
  • This lower effectiveness is likely due to the combination of decreasing protection as time passes since getting vaccinated, as well as the greater infectiousness of the Delta variant.

Data from small clinical trials show that a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster shot increased the immune response in trial participants who finished their initial series 6 months earlier. A similar clinical trial showed that a J&J/Janssen booster shot also increased the immune response in participants who completed their single-dose vaccine at least 2 months earlier. With an increased immune response, people should have improved protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

Your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card and Booster Shots

At your first vaccination appointment, you should have received a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Bring this vaccination card to your booster shot vaccination appointment.

If you did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.

Learn more about what to do if you need a copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card.

Have you been debating whether to get vaccinated? Here are 10 facts you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine. 
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If there was ever a time to get vaccinated, now is the time. Protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19. Get a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus


Let's Debunk the Myths

Myth #1 - Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine makes your arm magnetic. 

FALSE. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will not make your body magnetic, including the injection site which is usually your arm. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce electromagnetic field. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals. To learn more about vaccine ingredients, click here. 

Myth #2 - Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine will change my DNA.

FALSE. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with DNA in any way. The vaccine teaches your body how to respond to the virus, never entering the nucleus of cells, where DNA is kept. 

Myth #3 - The CDC will require everyone to get a COVID-19 Vaccine.

FALSE. The Federal Government does not require vaccination of people. The CDC does not maintain or monitor a person's vaccination records. Whether a state, local government, or employer can require COVID-19 vaccinations are a matter of state or other applicable law

Myth #4- Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine may affect my ability to have a baby one day. 

FALSE. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccinations cause any problems with pregnancy. There is also no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html. 


How the Vaccine Works

The vaccine structure allows the particles to imitate the real coronavirus with crown-like studs. To keep the fragile molecules from being destroyed when they enter the human body, vaccine developers wrap them in a lipid-protein. This allows our bodies time to recognize them and our healthy cells to build a defense against the spiked proteins. The vaccine is like an imposter, not the real thing. It doesn’t include any live, active coronavirus.

Now, you may feel fatigued and achy after receiving the vaccine, much like when you have the flu shot. This is a good thing. It means your body recognizes something foreign and is fighting it off. This is how we build immunity. Stop the spread by receiving your vaccination.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
As with any vaccine, you may have temporary reactions like a sore arm, headache, or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine. 

When will I receive my second dose of the vaccine?
Moderna Vaccine: Based on guidance from the CDC, the second dose can be administered up to six weeks, or 42 days, after the first dose. The recommended target date reflected on your Vaccination Record Card is 28 days from the first dose given. It is recommended you receive the second dose no sooner than 4 days before your target due date and no later than 14 days following your due date. Please visit our walk-in Vaccine Clinic on a Tuesday during hours of operation when you are due for your second dose. 

Pfizer Vaccine:Based on guidance from the CDC, the second dose can be administered up to six weeks, or 42 days after the first dose. The recommended target date reflected on your Vaccination Record Card is 21 days from the first dose given. Please visit our walk-in Vaccine Clinic on a Thursday during hours of operation when you are due for your second dose. 

Do I have to receive the second dose?
Yes, to build up your immunity you must receive both doses.

After I receive both doses, will I be able to go out in public without my mask?
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as Moderna or Pfizer vaccines and 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine. 

Most recent CDC guidance suggests that individuals who are fully vaccinated may resume activities as they did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask or socially distancing, except where required by law. For more information on most recent CDC guidelines, please visit www.cdc.gov.

Following most recent CDC guidance on face coverings, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has recently lifted many COVID-19 restrictions. These restrictions are listed within Executive Order No. 215. For more information on the State of North Carolina's updated policy, click here.



What To Expect After Receiving Your 2nd Dose
 

Congratulations on receiving your COVID-19 Vaccine! Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine is an important tool to help us stop this pandemic. Please review the following information on what to expect after receiving your 2nd dose. If you have further questions about side effects, please contact your primary care provider. 

Making Antibodies is Hard Work! 

Many individuals who have received the 2nd dose of the Vaccine are reporting a more significant immune response than experienced with the initial dose. Symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea and vomiting, and soreness at the injection site. This is a very normal response to receiving the vaccine, and is a good indication that your body is working hard to recognize something that doesn't belong and is building an army of antibodies to defend against the COVID-19 enemy. 

If your symptoms extend beyond 48 hours from the date & time of your 2nd dose or symptoms include loss of taste or smell, cough or shortness of breath, please contact your primary care provider immediately.