Information About COVID-19 Vaccines for People with ALS
The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter continues to follow developments closely as new COVID-19 vaccines are approved and corresponding distribution plans are launched. To help the NC ALS community we have created this web page as a hub for information, updates, and resources as they become available and are verified. We have reached out to the Governor’s office, as well as the NC Department of Health and Human Services, to determine the earliest availability for people living with ALS and their caregivers.
We hope this information can inform conversations families living with ALS should have with their medical teams. This is regarding both the safety and efficacy of the vaccines and the earliest possible availability of the vaccine for people living with the disease, their caregivers, and others in their household. We know the vaccine is on everyone’s mind and we want you to know you are on ours!
Below you will find links to the COVID-19 vaccine resources at each of the hospitals that house the NC ALS clinics. Each of these resources details the most efficient and effective way to determine when you are eligible for the vaccine and your next steps.
Wake Forest: https://www.wakehealth.edu/Coronavirus/Vaccine
New Hanover: https://www.nhrmc.org/coronavirus
The NC Department of Health and Human Services has issued an interactive and by-county searchable resource on their website: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/findyourspot. While the site currently does not list specific phases and groups for vaccinations, it does provide direct contact information to your county health department who will be able to help answer your questions. You can also call the COVID-19 Line 1-877-490-6642. It’s a free call.
You can locate further vaccine information and recommendations from the CDC’s COVID-19 fact sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/vaccines/facts-covid-vaccines-english-508.pdf.
Thank you to all our clinic healthcare workers and those involved in the creation and distribution of the vaccines. Please stay safe and check back often, as information will be added as details are released.