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These appointment-only sites are part of broader effort by UNC Health to combat coronavirus.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Jan. 13, 2021 – UNC Health this week opened more than a dozen clinics across North Carolina to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.

Most of the appointment-only sites, including the largest one at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, opened Monday. They began administering vaccines to people in Phase 1b, Group 1 – anyone 75 years and older. The clinics expect to vaccinate thousands of patients a week, based on the availability of vaccines.

“UNC Health is committed to be a leader in the fight to conquer this virus and end the pandemic,” said Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health, the state’s largest academic health system.

“I’m incredibly proud of our teams that set up these vaccination clinics so quickly,” Burks added. “Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all North Carolinians, and this is another tool in that effort. Since this pandemic began nearly a year ago, UNC Health co-workers have worked tirelessly to treat patients, save lives, find innovative treatments, and now provide these vaccines.”

PLEASE NOTE: In order to avoid long wait times, the UNC Health vaccination clinics cannot accept walk-in/drive-up patients.

UNC Health requires anyone who’s eligible, whether they are a current UNC Health patient or not, to schedule an appointment at UNC Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hub, (which is available in English and Spanish).

We expect those appointments will fill up quickly, but we will post more as they become available – based on the supply of vaccine received. We encourage anyone eligible for Phase 1B to check back at The clinics will continue to accept new groups of people to vaccinate, based on the timing and phases outlined by federal and state regulators.

Vaccination scheduling details also are being shared with patients via UNC Health social media channels, email, text messages and the My UNC Chart online patient portal.

UNC Health will continue to follow COVID-19 vaccine distribution guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NC DHHS). UNC Health frontline workers who have been identified as Phase 1a healthcare workers (providing direct care for COVID patients) are still eligible for the vaccine and can also schedule appointments as directed at their workplace.

UNC Health recognizes the need to provide vaccinations to underserved populations and communities. We plan to start a mobile vaccination clinic in the near future as part of that effort.

UNC Health’s website offers information on the science, safety and availability of the vaccine. Our partners with NC DHHS also have resources about the vaccine, including other places to get vaccinated, at


About UNC Health

UNC Health is an integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care.

UNC Health is comprised of UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill, ranked consistently among the best medical centers in the country; the UNC School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution; Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville; Chatham Hospital in Siler City; Johnston Health in Clayton and Smithfield; UNC Lenoir Health Care in Kinston; Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro; Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir; Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount; UNC Rockingham Health Care in Eden, Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, UNC Health Southeastern in Lumberton, UNC REX Healthcare and its provider network in Wake County; and the UNC Physicians Network.

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