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UNC Football Coach Mack Brown:

“We work around young people every day. And, we want to get our world back. We want to get our country back.

“Everything that people in knowledge are telling us is that this is the fastest way to keep people safe. Not only yourself, but other people, and get us back to some normality, even though it may be a new normal, some normality in our lives. So, that’s why we’re here.”


From the CDC:

COVID-19 vaccines will help protect you from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19
Large-scale clinical trials found that COVID-19 vaccination prevented most people from getting COVID-19.

All COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19.
It typically takes about two weeks for the body to build protection after vaccination. That means it is possible you could still get COVID-19 soon after vaccination. This is because your body has not had enough time to build full protection.

Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick because the vaccines are not 100% effective. When this happens, vaccination might help keep you from getting seriously ill, based on data from clinical studies.

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Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are now available in North Carolina, and this is an important step to helping us beat this virus and return to normal. We know many people have questions about the vaccines. We encourage you to explore the site to learn all about vaccine safety and science, as well as when, where, and how to get a vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
The COVID-19 vaccines went through every stage of clinical trials. More than 70,000 people of all different races and ethnicities participated in the COVID-19 vaccine trials. Health professionals will continue to monitor the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness against the virus.

Walk-ins are accepted, but making an appointment is the best way to get a shot.
UNC Health’s vaccination clinics have started accepting walk-in appointments, as we encourage more North Carolinians to get their shot. That includes our largest vaccine clinic at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, which will accept walk-ins from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Making an appointment online or on the phone is still the best way to get a shot, but anyone 18 years old and older can now walk in to a UNC Health vaccine clinic to get vaccinated. Call (984) 215-5485 for more information.

You will be monitored for a reaction afterward.

Everyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of allergy history, is monitored afterward to make sure he or she doesn’t have a reaction. A small number of patients report feeling lightheaded, nauseous or fainting immediately after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Please let the person who is administering your shot know if you’ve had a history of fainting with needles.

UNC Health will never ask patients for personal information such as social security numbers, bank accounts, or other financial data.
COVID-19 vaccines are not for sale, and no one representing themselves as having vaccines for sale is a legitimate representative of UNC Health or the UNC Health Alliance.

COVID-19 vaccines do not cause COVID-19, but you may experience side effects, which are normal.
The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain “live” COVID-19 and cannot give you COVID-19. After receiving the vaccine, your arm may be sore, red or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Other side effects may include a headache, fever, chills or muscle aches – especially after receiving the second shot. These side effects are considered normal, and a sign that the COVID-19 vaccine is working to protect you.

Even if you already had COVID-19, you should still get a vaccine.

Certain groups of people should discuss the vaccine with their physician before receiving it.
Most patients can receive COVID-19 vaccines safely. If you have a specific condition, discuss receiving the vaccine with your physician before scheduling your vaccination appointment. Get more information on specific conditions.

It is important to continue following all safety guidelines.

Continue wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, frequently washing your hands and staying home when sick. These are proven ways to slow the spread and will be essential to ending the pandemic, even as we begin to vaccinate. While studies show the vaccine is effective at protecting people from getting sick with COVID-19, there is currently no data that shows whether the vaccine will prevent vaccinated persons from spreading and/or infecting others with COVID-19. We also do not know how long the vaccines will protect people from becoming sick with COVID-19.

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