Sampson Regional Medical Center is following guidance from NCDHHS on a phased COVID-19 vaccination plan. State and federal public health advisory committees recommend first protecting healthcare workers, people at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying due to COVID-19, and those at high risk of exposure.
There are not enough vaccines for everyone to be vaccinated at once. As an administrator of the vaccine, Sampson Regional Medical Center is working alongside the Sampson County Health Department to coordinate vaccines for individuals age 65+ in Phase 2.
About the Vaccine | Questions & Answers
At this time, if you are 65 or older you are eligible in the current phase to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Follow the three easy steps below to schedule your vaccination.
Step 1 - To schedule an appointment or to be added to the waitlist to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine, visit our online scheduling tool by clicking the green Schedule Appointment button below. Or, if all appointments are full and you would like to join a Waitlist to be notified by e-mail when an appointment becomes available, click the Join Waitlist button below.
Step 2 - Bring a valid photo id or other verification of your name and date of birth. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and does not require proof of insurance.
Step 3 - To help us manage traffic and reduce unnecessary waits, please arrive no sooner than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time at Sampson Regional Medical Park, 522 Beaman Street, Clinton (directly across from the main hospital entrance, left of Huff Orthopedics). Once you receive your vaccine, text ENROLL to 1-833-VaxText (829-8398) to receive text reminders when you are due for your second dose.
The vaccine structure allows the particles to imitate the real coronavirus with crown-like studs. To keep the fragile molecules from being destroyed when they enter the human body, vaccine developers wrap them in a lipid-protein. This allows our bodies time to recognize them and our healthy cells to build a defense against the spiked proteins. The vaccine is like an imposter, not the real thing. It doesn’t include any live, active coronavirus.
Now, you may feel fatigued and achy after receiving the vaccine, much like when you have the flu shot. This is a good thing. It means your body recognizes something foreign and is fighting it off. This is how we build immunity. Stop the spread by receiving your vaccination.
Moderna is one of two pharmaceutical companies that has applied for and received Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA.
The below document explains the path the COVID-19 vaccine took from research to emergency use authorization. The Moderna vaccine has achieved Phase 3 clinical trial results that show it is safe and effective and that benefits outweigh the risks.
Are there any side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
As with any vaccine, you may have temporary reactions like a sore arm, headache, or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine.
When will I receive my second dose of the vaccine?
After an individual receives their first dose, individuals will return 4 weeks later to receive the second dose. After receiving your first dose, you will get a printed card noting your expected return appointment to receive the second dose. You may register to receive text message reminders regarding scheduling your appointment to receive your second dose by texting ENROLL to 1-833-VaxText (829-8398).
Do I have to receive the second dose?
Yes, to build up your immunity you must receive both doses.
After I receive both doses, will I be able to go out in public without my mask?
No, we must continue to practice the 3 Ws until everyone has their shot at fighting COVID-19. Wear a mask. Wait 6 feet apart. Wash your hands. That’s the best way to protect each other until everyone gets their shot.
I'm not in the current phase to receive the vaccine, so when will it be my turn?
Yes, there are limited quantities of the COVID-19 vaccine available so not everyone can be vaccinated at one time. We are following direction from NCDHHS on the set vaccination phases. To view the phased approach for vaccinations, click here.
Will I be able to schedule my parents' appointment to receive their vaccine?
Yes, you can use our online scheduler to set up a vaccine appointment for both of your parents. Please be aware that you will need to enter in their information separately because they will both need an individual appointment slot. We will have multiple slots available at the same time, so if two slots are available at the desired appointment time it is possible they could arrive together for their appointment.
Will you allow walk-up appointments?
No, all appointments must be booked prior to arrival. To view available appointment times, use our online scheduling tool.