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It’s Your Turn. Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccination Today!

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 coordinating vaccines for those eligible in Groups 1-3. At this time, that includes:

  • Frontline medical workers
  • Individuals age 65+
  • School and childcare essential workers
  • Frontline essential workers (For details on who qualifies under this group, click here.)

About the Vaccine   |  Questions & Answers   Second Dose -- What to Expect

Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

At this time, if you are 65+ (Group 2) Frontline Essential Worker or a School and Childcare Essential Worker (Group 3) you are eligible in the current phases to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Follow these three easy steps to schedule your vaccination. 

Understand your eligibility before scheduling, by visiting the NC DHHS Find Your Group page. 

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. Individuals in the Frontline Essential Workers or School & Childcare Essential Workers Group must bring a workplace ID or other valid form of employer identification. 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.

How the Vaccine Works

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.

About the Moderna Vaccine

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Path to Emergency Use

Frequently Asked Questions

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 the target date for your 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).  

How do I schedule my second dose of the vaccine?

Individuals will receive an automated call or email from Sampson Regional's Vaccine Clinic near their target date to schedule a second dose appointment.

Based on guidance from the CDC, the second dose can be administered up to six weeks, or 42 days, after the first dose.  The recommended target date reflected on your Vaccination Record Card is 28 days from the first dose given. This allows a 14-day grace period to receive your second dose.

The Sampson Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is prepared to schedule second dose visits based on the allocation it receives from the State weekly. Our process is to verify we will have the expected doses in hand before scheduling so that we can guarantee our commitment and have adequate doses reserved for those we’ve scheduled. We will first serve those who received their initial dose through our clinic, and if allocation allows, we will open up to others within the community.

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.

What To Expect After Receiving Your 2nd Dose

Congratulations on receiving your COVID-19 Vaccine! Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine is an important tool to help us stop this pandemic. Please review the following information on what to expect after receiving your 2nd dose. If you have further questions about side effects, please contact your primary care provider. 

Making Antibodies is Hard Work! 

Many individuals who have received the 2nd dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine are reporting a more significant immune response than experienced with the initial dose. Symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea and vomiting, and soreness at the injection site. Of note, the FDA reports that in the Moderna clinical trials, more people experienced these side effects after the 2nd dose than after the 1st dose. This is a very normal response to receiving the vaccine, and is a good indication that your body is working hard to recognize something that doesn't belong and is building an army of antibodies to defend against the COVID-19 enemy. 

If your symptoms extend beyond 48 hours from the date & time of your 2nd dose or symptoms include loss of taste or smell, cough or shortness of breath, please contact your primary care provider immediately.