UNC Asheville-MAHEC-FEMA Vaccination Site Celebrates 20,000 Doses and Counting, with Pfizer Vaccine to Children Ages 5-11

November 16, 2021

The COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic at the UNC Asheville Reuter Center has administered its 20,000th dose of the COVID vaccine with the addition of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine the weekend of Nov. 5. The Pfizer vaccine is now available for ages 5-11. Appointments are not required for this walk-in clinic.

The COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic on the University’s campus continues to offer all three COVID-19 booster shots (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J) for those eligible, in addition to all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J) for those seeking their first or second vaccine dose. Due to demand, additional dates have been added to the clinic schedule into December. The clinic is operated in partnership with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

UNC Asheville and MAHEC began operating a COVID-19 Immunization Site from February through June 2021 with continued community outreach through the summer. The site celebrated 15,000 vaccines in April 2021.

November 2021 dates and locations include:

  • Fri. Nov. 19 from 1-8 p.m. at the Reuter Center
  • Sat.-Sun., Nov. 20-21 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Reuter Center
  • No clinic on Nov. 26, 27 or 28

Note: anyone who received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine Nov 5-7, including doses for ages 5-11, is invited to return to the clinic Dec. 3-5 for the second dose. The clinic will be closed for the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-28.

December 2021 dates and locations include:

  • Fri. Dec. 3 from 1-8 p.m. at the Reuter Center
  • Sat.-Sun., Dec. 4-5 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Reuter Center
  • No clinic on Dec. 10
  • Sat.-Sun., Dec. 11-12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Reuter Center

Future weekend dates and hours of operation will be announced in advance. For more information visit, https://coronavirus.unca.edu/resources/covid-19-vaccine/.

Per current CDC recommendations, children 5 years and older can get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19  vaccination to help protect against COVID-19.

The CDC also recommends COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for individuals who received any of the vaccines. For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

[Updated Nov. 19, 2021: COVID-19 booster shots are now available for all vaccinated adults, as announced by NCDHHS.]

For the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series, as of October 2021:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings, such as:
  • First responders (e.g., healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (e.g., teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers

Per the CDC, since risk can vary across settings and based on how much COVID-19 is spreading in a community, people aged 18–64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot after considering their individual risks and benefits. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available.

Please talk to your healthcare provider about whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot is appropriate for you or your child.