Presently, WNCCHS provides COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer and Moderna Spikevax) for pediatric and uninsured adult patients. To schedule a vaccine, please call (828) 285-0622.
Insured individuals age 18 and above must obtain their COVID-19 vaccinations from the Health Department or local pharmacies.
You can find COVID-19 Home Kit Tests at either the WNCCHS Pharmacy or your nearby health department and libraries.
The COVID Testing Clinic operates from Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at WNCCHS Minnie Jones Health Center Express Care.
COVID HOME TESTS UPDATE
Starting September 25th, the U.S. federal government will be offering free COVID-19 home tests that can be conveniently delivered to your doorstep.
If you or someone you know is interested in obtaining these home tests, please visit the official website at https://www.covid.gov/tests to request your kit today.
Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Callers can get help with general COVID-19 vaccine questions.
As coronavirus vaccines are distributed across the United States, some questions and misleading information have emerged. Here is information to combat five common concerns.
MYTH: Only the vulnerable need to get the vaccine.
Many people, unfortunately including elected officials, have said publicly that they will not get vaccinated. For example, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) announced last week that he would refuse the vaccine, saying that he is healthy and that the vaccine is only for those at risk — which he defined as health-care workers and the elderly.
There’s a lot of misinformation to unpack here. As has been well reported, younger individuals and those across many occupations are among the more than 320,000 Americans who have succumbed to covid-19. Even setting aside those facts, Buck’s statement reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how vaccines work. Vaccines protect more than the individual who is inoculated; the goal is to have enough of the population vaccinated to achieve “herd immunity,” which is also, accurately, called “community immunity.” The more people who are immune means fewer people the virus can infect — lowering the infection rate and the risk for us all.
Another reason that everyone eligible should get the vaccine is to protect those who cannot get it. With studies on children and the virus just getting started, it’s likely that young kids and babies won’t be able to receive the vaccine until fall 2021. Immunosuppressed people may need to rely on the immunity of others to help them stay healthy. In this sense, not getting a vaccine is like not wearing a mask: Your decision affects not just you but everyone around you, too.
— The Washington Post, Dec. 22, 2020