As more COVID-19 vaccine appointments open to the public, questions remain about how to schedule a time slot. 

Here are answers to the latest batch of questions from Healthy Headlines readers. Have a question? Use the comment function at the bottom of the story to send it to us. Because of the high volume of questions, we’ll be answering the most common questions in Healthy Headlines stories, so keep an eye on our site and check the COVID-19 section.

Can I register now to get a vaccine appointment when I become eligible?

People are encouraged to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. As the state expands the groups of people who can receive it, Novant Health will notify you via MyChart that you are eligible to schedule an appointment. Patients who do not have MyChart are encouraged to sign up here. Signing up for MyChart is the single best way to stay on top of your eligibility for the vaccine.

My parents can’t walk very far and are concerned about a standing for a long time. What can I do?

If you are concerned about a family member with limited mobility, please notify the site on arrival to get what you need. Most COVID-19 vaccination sites have a parking lot greeter who can help. There will also be wheelchairs, golf carts and scooters available. 

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What happens if I’m unable to get the second dose in the recommended window of time?

While the second dose should be administered as close as possible to the recommended interval, there is no maximum amount of time between the first and second doses for either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently states there is no need to restart the vaccine series if the second dose is administered more than three weeks (Pfizer) or more than four weeks (Moderna) after the first dose. Please keep in mind that you should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.  

I just signed up for MyChart. Will I automatically be alerted with vaccine information and how to register?

Novant Health will contact patients when it’s their turn to receive the vaccine. Eligible patients will get a notification through their MyChart account prompting them to schedule an appointment.  

I am scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine. How will I get notified of an earlier appointment?

People who would like to receive an earlier vaccine appointment are encouraged to sign up for the Wait List in MyChart. We also recommend checking MyChart for an earlier appointment time – especially on weekends when more appointments open up. This can be done by clicking “Reschedule Appointment” under Appointment Details in MyChart. (See above image.)

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