COVID-19 shots likely here to stay; research points to need for yearly boosters

The chief medical officer of UofL Health believes COVID-19 vaccines are here to stay and expects yearly booster shots to become the norm.

Walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic happening in Charlotte Thursday

DHEC officials say vaccine supply not an issue despite J&J vaccine pause

  VACCINE TEAM: Will my upcoming appointment to get the J&J vaccine be canceled?

  Woman gets J&J shot minutes before ‘pause’ was announced, CDC says side effects are extremely rare

  NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace partners with Novant Health to address vaccine hesitancy

  Concerns after CDC puts ‘pause’ on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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  Local vaccine providers worry about hesitancy after Johnson & Johnson vaccine put on ‘pause’

  Pause in Johnson & Johnson use means big changes for clinics at App State and Lees McRae

  Carolinas halt administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine amid clot reports

S.C. immediately pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

  What to do if you’ve already received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

  VACCINE TEAM: How effective are the vaccines against variants?

  Pfizer and Moderna supply increases allow for walk-up vaccines in Mecklenburg County

Walk-ins were available at the county’s Southview Recreation Center clinic and StarMed’s Sheraton Hotel clinic.

Mecklenburg County hosting COVID-19 community vaccination clinic at Camp North End

In total, there are 2,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine available for this event.

  Limited amount of appointment-free vaccines being offered in Charlotte Monday

Two places in Charlotte are offering walk-ins for those looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.

  Publix pharmacies in NC will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Monday

North Carolina residents can book coronavirus vaccine appointments at Publix pharmacies starting Monday, adding more options to a growing list of distribution venues.

  Vaccine hesitancy among health care workers raises concerns

CDC finds no reason for concern with Johnson & Johnson vaccine following limited reactions

  ‘It feels good’: General public starts getting vaccine in Mecklenburg County

  Appointments at Rowan County first-dose vaccination clinic aren’t filling up despite expanded eligibility

  Duke University experts weigh in on vaccine distribution, vaccine passports and more

  COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens for everyone age 16+ in North Carolina

  Major Milestone: N.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility reaches everyone 16+ quicker than expected

Currently, more than 5.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in North Carolina.

  VACCINE TEAM: Can I get second vaccine if I tested positive after first?

We’ve had a few questions for our Vaccine Team as more COVID-19 cases are popping up across the country and across the world.

  COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the spotlight, literally, in Ashe County

COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been held in many unusual locations in North Carolina recently.

Mass COVID-19 vaccination events coming to Chester area in S.C.

MUSC Health is offering two drive-through and one walk-up COVID-19 vaccination events this week.

Weekly COVID-19 vaccine appointments available in Mecklenburg Co. starting April 7

Weekly COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available in Mecklenburg County starting April 7, officials announced.

  VACCINE TEAM: Will the federal government mandate vaccine passports?

More than 25,000 people were screened last Friday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

VACCINE TEAM: How 16 and 17-year-olds can schedule their Pfizer vaccine appointment.

If you have a family doctor, health experts recommend you first try and sign up through your healthcare provider.

  Local groups work to help underserved, minority communities get equal access to vaccine

Starting on Wednesday, every adult and some teenagers in North Carolina are going to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.Now many local organizations are making sure underserved communities and minority groups have equal access to the vaccine.Latin American Coalition says the registrat

  Vaccine group 5 in N.C. opens on Wednesday: What to do if you still need an appointment

Group 5 includes anyone age 16 and up for the Pfizer vaccine, and anyone 18 and up for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson one dose shot.

Fauci says federal government won’t mandate COVID vaccine passports

The White House has indicated that any potential passports would come from the private sector, with little direct involvement from the government.

  CLT Airport says some airlines may require proof of vaccine, gives other tips as travel increases

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport say some airlines may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination among several tips the airport is giving passengers as travel increases during the pandemic.

Crowds take to the skies after CDC changes regulations on travel

The CDC just revised its guidelines for fully vaccinated people. They now say you can travel inside the United States without having to quarantine or get mandatory testing.

  VACCINE TEAM: I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in March - should I be worried I’m not fully vaccinated?

The WBTV Vaccine Team has heard from several viewers after news broke that over 15 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine were contaminated in a Baltimore laboratory.

Wasted 15 million Johnson & Johnson doses affecting local South Carolina pharmacies

Preliminary investigations show this was all human error. Johnson & Johnson does not know when shipments will start again but the company says it will be able to deliver 24 million doses by the end of April.

  StarMed enrolling kids for KidCOVE Moderna trial in Charlotte

StarMed says they are now enrolling kids between 6 months and 11 years old for the KidCOVE Moderna trial.

SC proposal would bar employers from requiring COVID vaccine

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a proposal to prevent employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers.

  Huntersville man speaks about hugging mother for first time in a year

Huntersville resident Steve Langley says he was able to hug his mom for the first time in a year this past week.

  COVID-19 vaccine demand outweighs supply as eligibility expands to rest of Group 4 in N.C.

As more people are becoming eligible, some people in earlier groups are still struggling to find an appointment.

  Health officials warn against spring break travel, TSA continues to screen millions of travelers

Spring break is here and that means decision time for many families.Stay home or travel.Doctors say it’s still risky to travel even if you’ve been vaccinated. And they worry it could increase the spread of COVID-19. But many say that guidance isn’t stopping many from boarding a flight.“Were going

  Rowan man who lost both parents to COVID-19 says getting vaccine was an emotional experience

Man who lost both parents to COVID-19 gets second dose vaccine

  ‘Our road to recovery’: N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper visits two vaccination sites in Gaston County

North Carolina’s Governor and state health leaders made a stop in our area to see how vaccinations are going. Governor Roy Cooper visited two vaccination clinics in Gastonia this morning.

  Pfizer says its vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in the coming weeks plan to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators to allow emergency use of the shots starting at age 12.

  More people become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in North and South Carolina

Starting Wednesday, anyone age 16 and older can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine in S.C. Eligibility is also expanding to the next group in N.C.

  VACCINE TEAM: What are COVID-19 vaccine risks for people with cardiac conditions?

The CDC says the vaccines are not a risk for cardiac patients

  VACCINE TEAM: Should you take Benadryl before your second shot?

Viewers are asking WBTV’s Vaccine Team if you can take something beforehand to ease those side effects.

  All South Carolinians will be eligible for vaccine Wednesday. Here’s what to know.

As more people become eligible for the vaccine, many will be going through the appointment process for the first time.

  Why Mecklenburg County lags behind others in COVID-19 vaccinations in N.C.

Data by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows Mecklenburg County is lagging behind in getting COVID-19 vaccines out to people.

  UNC Charlotte urges student vaccinations, not required for in-person classes

UNC Charlotte is set to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students as they become eligible for a dose on Wednesday.

  All Mecklenburg County COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Bojangles’ Coliseum filled through April 12

The county is opening up more vaccine appointments for its Bojangles Coliseum clinic.

  Mecklenburg County opens COVID-19 vaccine appointments for all adults

The county opened up vaccine appointments on Tuesday.

  Teens 16 and up ready to roll up sleeves in Carolinas, soon to become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

It’s a big decision for many teenagers. By next Wednesday, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to get vaccinated in the Carolinas.It opens up to everyone aged 16 and up in South Carolina this Wednesday. Shots open up to everyone 16 and up in North Carolina next Wednesday on April 7.But getting an app

  Some people in N.C. concerned Walgreens is scheduling 1st and 2nd Pfizer doses 4 weeks apart

Per the CDC, it is recommended that Pfizer vaccine doses are spaced 21 days apart and that Moderna doses are spaced 28 days apart.

UNC Charlotte to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students

UNC Charlotte is set to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students as they become eligible for a dose on Wednesday.

  Millions more across Carolinas to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine this week

Millions of more people across the Carolinas are expected to sign up for a vaccine as both states move forward with in the rollout process.

  100-percent capacity allowed in some places under N.C. order, several COVID-19 restrictions eased

North Carolina has majorly eased several COVID-19 restrictions, allowing for maximum capacity limits at some places under the current executive order.

  Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine? Ask the WBTV Vaccine Team

WBTV is the Vaccine Team and we’re here to answer any question you may have. Our team of journalists will seek the information and provide the most clear, concise and accurate answers for our viewers.

  VACCINE TEAM: My brother had a bad reaction to his first shot of the vaccine. Should he get the second?

A viewer reached out to us wondering if her brother should get the second dose of an mRNA vaccine after having a reaction from his first shot.

  South Carolina pharmacies ran out of Johnson and Johnson vaccine two weeks ago; struggling to get more

South Carolina went from a big shipment of Johnson and Johnson to barely getting an eighth of the first week’s shipment. It is caused struggles for local pharmacies trying to get their communities vaccinated.

  Charlotte pastor and wife surprised with bill for COVID-19 vaccine

Multiple people contacted the WBTV Vaccine Team after getting a bill from Novant for administering their vaccine shot.

  ‘A little more freedom’; Cabarrus Co. couple looking forward to future after second doses of vaccine

Thomas and Joyce Isom first spoke to WBTV after getting their first shot at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in January.

Community Conversation: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

There are three vaccines that have received emergency use authorization by the FDA in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

  Uptown restaurant offers free burger to customers who have been fully vaccinated

An uptown restaurant was offering a free cheeseburger to customers who could prove they had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  New public-private partnership created to help marginalized communities get COVID-19 vaccine

Healthier Together: Health Equity Action Network, also known as Healthier Together is the newest initiative from non-profit N.C. Counts Coalition and NCDHHS.

  DHEC: ‘People skipping second dose is a concern’

According to DHEC, a little over 27 percent of people living in the Palmetto state have been at least partially vaccinated.

  Gov. Cooper accelerates timeline to vaccinate next groups in N.C.

Starting on March 31, COVID-19 vaccinations will open to those in the rest of Group 4.

  Why men and women react differently to COVID-19 and the vaccine

COVID-19 researchers are noting differences between men and women’s responses to the coronavirus and its vaccine.

DHEC: No plans to open vaccine eligibility to all South Carolinians yet

In South Carolina, adults outside of a priority phase can’t begin signing up until May 3.

  VACCINE TEAM: Why does a QR code show up when WBTV talks about the COVID-19 vaccine on-air?

Explanation of the QR code people see on WBTV's Vaccine Team on-air coverage. What is it? Why is it there? And how will it help viewers?

  VACCINE TEAM: Can I get second vaccine shot somewhere else?

Does it matter where you get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Trial looking at mixing-and-matching different COVID vaccines could be game-changer

The scientists behind the Oxford University-led trial are very deliberately mixing things up — testing not just one vaccine but combining doses of two different drugs to see what happens.

Donuts and weed among the freebies retailers offer to vaccinated Americans

Americans are being offered a growing array of incentives to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with donuts and weed among the freebies offered.

  AstraZeneca accused of cherry-picking vaccine study data

In response, AstraZeneca said that it is working on more up-to-date information and that the more recent findings are consistent with the earlier ones. It promised an update within 48 hours.

  VACCINE TEAM: Will vaccine affect result of COVID-19 test?

The percent positive of coronavirus cases are stabilizing in North Carolina.

  North Carolina vaccine providers consider strategies ahead of expected supply increase

Mecklenburg County Public Health is working with smaller medical clinics to transfer doses and help train them on best practices.

  DHEC modifies new nursing home guidance from two weeks ago, all facilities can reopen

The new guidance still has the 10 percent or less rate requirement but it’s more lenient toward facilities with vaccinated residents.

  US data shows AstraZeneca vaccine effective for all adults

The early findings from the U.S. study are just one set of information AstraZeneca must submit to the Food and Drug Administration.

  Local travel agent weighs in on COVID-19 vaccine passport, when to book vacations

Although over million South Carolinians are in the process of receiving their COVID-19 vaccine, health officials continue to warn against air travel.

  VACCINE TEAM: Do fully vaccinated people need to quarantine after traveling by plane?

Viewers are asking WBTV’s Vaccine Team about protocols in relation to traveling and the vaccine.