The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC-A) have partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to start offering COVID-19 immunizations at a walk-in clinic at 1 Campus View Road.

Vaccinations will be available at the Reuter Center on weekends in October. November dates will be added if there is enough demand.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available on Fridays in October from 1-8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays in October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

No appointments are required to enter the site. All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) will be available for those seeking their first or second dose.

Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots also will be available for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC’s recommendations apply only to individuals who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.

According to the CDC, the following individuals should get a booster shot:

  • People 65 years of age and older
  • Residents of long-term care settings
  • People 50–64 years of age with certain underlying medical conditions

The following individuals may consider getting a booster shot after discussing the potential risks and benefits with a healthcare provider:

  • People 18–49 years of age with certain underlying medical conditions
  • People 18–64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting
  • People 18–64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting, including if you work in a high-risk profession, meaning you come into contact with a lot of people, and you don’t know their vaccination status; for example, health care workers, first-responders, teachers, food processing workers, retail and restaurant workers, and public transportation workers.

The group also includes individuals who live or work in a place where many people live together; for example, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farm housing, dormitories or other group living settings in colleges or universities.

People can self-attest that they are in one of these groups. Proof is not needed.

Currently, booster doses are not recommended for those who received Moderna or J&J vaccines, but may be recommended in the future after the CDC conducts a thorough review of safety and efficacy data.

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