COVID-19 Vaccination Information & Updates

SAMPSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
(910) 592-1131
This number is answered weekdays, between the hours of 8 am – 5pm.

Who is Currently Eligible?
COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone 12 and older. See more here

Appointments and Walk-Ins Welcome (Mondays & Fridays)

Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines are available between 8am - 5pm, every Monday & Friday at the Sampson County Health Department. APPOINTMENTS AND WALK-INS ARE WELCOME. For more information call (910) 490-1056. Appointment times are limited and are subject to vaccine availability. 

Additional doses of Moderna/Pfizer vaccines for immunocompromised people and Boosters will not be offered by the Health Department until mid to late September. 

To schedule an appointment at Sampson Regional Medical Center or to be added to the waitlist to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine, click here


Post-Vaccination Information and Guidance
Even though citizens are being vaccinated it is important to continue following safety guidance, including following the Three Ws: wear your mask, wait 6 feet, and wash your hands. Below is some updated CDC guidance:

Updated guidance regarding maximizing mask effectiveness.
This guidance does not recommend double-masking routinely, but it does recommend specific measures to improve fit and recommends “adding layers” either by
    • Using a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric, OR
    • Wearing one disposable mask (sometimes referred to as a surgical mask or a medical procedure mask) underneath a cloth mask.
Updated the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel.
This guidance expands options for source control and patient care activities in areas of moderate to substantial transmission to include use of:
    • An N95 respirator OR
    • A respirator approved under standards used in other countries that are similar to NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirators OR
A well-fitting facemask (e.g., selection of a facemask with a nose wire to help the facemask conform to the face; selection of a facemask with ties rather than ear loops; use of a mask fitter; tying the facemask’s ear loops and tucking in the side pleats; fastening the facemask’s ear loops behind the wearer’s head; use of a cloth mask over the facemask to help it conform to the wearer’s face).

Updated quarantine guidance for vaccinated persons.
This guidance states that vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet if they meet all of the following criteria:
    • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) AND
    • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series AND
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

These updated quarantine criteria could be applied when considering work restrictions for fully vaccinated healthcare personnel with higher-risk exposures as a strategy to alleviate staffing shortages. Of note, exposed healthcare personnel would not be required to quarantine outside of work.    

As an exception to the above guidance no longer requiring quarantine for fully vaccinated persons, vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings should continue to quarantine following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This exception is due to the unknown vaccine effectiveness in this population, the higher risk of severe disease and death, and challenges with social distancing in healthcare settings. Although not preferred, healthcare facilities could consider waiving quarantine for vaccinated patients and residents as a strategy to mitigate critical issues (e.g., lack of space, staff, or PPE to safely care for exposed patients or residents) when other options are unsuccessful or unavailable.


Transportation Services Available
If you are a Sampson County resident and want to come to a drive-thru event but do not have transportation, please call Sampson Area Transportation at  (910) 299-0127.  COVID precautions limit the number of riders allowed on our vehicles, so transportation assistance is dependent upon availability of vehicles and seats during the event. The ride is free, but limited to the vaccine event location and return trip. All passengers MUST comply with the COVID protocols established by Sampson Area Transportation, which includes wearing a face covering all at times.

Do you have a scheduled vaccination appointment with the Sampson County Health Department and need transportation to that appointment? Fare free assistance may be available for Sampson County residents by calling  Sampson Area Transportation at (910) 299-0127.  COVID precautions limit the number of riders allowed on our vehicles, so transportation assistance is dependent upon availability of vehicles and seats on the day/time of  your appointment. Transportation is available only from your residence to the appointment and return, and may involve some wait time for the next available vehicle for the return trip. All passengers MUST comply with the COVID protocols established by Sampson Area Transportation, which includes wearing a face covering all at times.

NCDHHS Updates (March 15, 2021 update)
https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/COVID-19-Vaccine-Update.pdf

General Information on COVID-19 Vaccines – Your best shot against COVID-19
https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/COVID19-Vaccine-101-Deck-Final.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
Click here.