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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Posted on: April 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 4-30-21 Weekly COVID-19 vaccination update


*NEW*  COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Clinic Option —

Beginning May 6, Haywood County Health and Human Services will offer a walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. - Noon, open to anyone 18 and up interested in vaccination. Appointment times will be available at

“COVID statistics are looking good heading into Spring but don’t let your guard down with the thinking that COVID-19 is going away. Make plans now for a safe and happy summer by getting vaccinated. In Haywood County, there are numerous ways you can sign up to be vaccinated with several providers to choose from, ” said Haywood County COVID-19 Vaccine Coordinator Garron Bradish.

Where to find COVID-19 vaccine information:

  • For vaccine appointment or appointment questions call: 828-356-2019, Option 1.

  • Please do not call the health department’s main number for COVID-19 vaccination questions. Use the hotline number instead.

  • For general COVID-19 information visit

Vaccinations by the numbers:

Total first shots given so far: 25,145

*Data source: NCDHHS Vaccination Dashboard, ‘All Programs’ dataset.

First shots given this week at Haywood County-sponsored events: 50+

Percent vaccinated with at least one shot: 40.4 %

Currently vaccinating: 

  • Haywood residents ages 18+

Book Your Vaccine Appointment: — Multiple appointments available in each time slot.

By Phone: 828-356-2019 (hours of operation for the phone line are Monday - Friday 8 a.m - 5 pm..) 

Vaccination groups completed:

  • Long term care facility residents and staff

  • Hospital and doctor’s office staff

  • Health Department, Emergency Services, and Vaccine Clinic staff

  • County and municipal critical staff

  • Haywood residents ages 75+

  • Haywood residents 65+

  • Haywood County educators

First dose appointments: 

  • Do not book initial dose appointments if you cannot commit to being available on the day your second dose should be given. Second doses are due 21 days later for Pfizer later or 28 days later for Moderna. If you plan to be out of town or having a scheduled surgery or some other conflict you should wait and not start the vaccine until you can receive all doses here in Haywood County, on time.

Second dose information:

  • The second appointment dates for Moderna are due 28 days after the initial dose. Appointments for Pfizer are due 21 days after the initial dose. (Your second appointment date can be found on the back of your vaccine card.)

After vaccination:

  • For most people, full immunity potential is reached about two weeks after receiving the second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna. For Johnson & Johnson - Janssen  vaccine, the full benefit is reached 4 weeks after the single dose, there is no second shot required. 

  • It is important to continue wearing masks and following other COVID protocols even after immunity is reached.

At each step of the way,  Haywood County Health and Human Services is committed to providing updates and guidance to make sure that everyone who wants to be vaccinated will have their chance.

Key Points about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The vaccine is tested, safe, and effective

  • You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine

  • The vaccine will be provided free of charge to everyone that wants it.

  • For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, two doses are needed for maximum immunity.

  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.

  • There is no vaccine mandate.

  • Continuing the 3Ws will be critical until the vaccine is widely taken

Summary of Key Updates this week:

  • Appointments are now available at :

  • Even as more people are vaccinated, please remember that despite your vaccination status it is important to continue mask-wearing to prevent the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and its new variants.

  • When booking online using the new appointment scheduling system, please note that although it may not appear so, there are many appointments available for each time slot. 

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