COVID-19 Vaccine

About the Vaccination Site

Is UNC Asheville a vaccination site?

Starting in February and going through May 2021, the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and UNC Asheville will be operating a COVID-19 immunization site at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center located at 1 Campus View Road. View the campus map here.

UNC Asheville is managing and coordinating the vaccine site, logistics, traffic, and safety, while MAHEC is coordinating the clinical operations: pre-registration/waitlist, vaccinations, data entry and clinical and non-clinical volunteers.

What are the hours of operation?

The site schedule depends on vaccine allocations each week. Appointments are required to enter the site. No one without an appointment will be allowed to enter.

Where can I park?

Go to the Reuter Center (located at 1 Campus View Road on UNC Asheville’s campus), and you will be directed to parking from there. View the campus map here.

Is the vaccine site open to UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff?

All adults in North Carolina became eligible to receive the vaccine starting April 7. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to get their vaccine at the vaccination site on campus or at any other location,

Due to decreased demand for vaccinations, the MAHEC/UNCA immunization waitlist is now closed. However, a Johnson & Johnson walk-in clinic will be held on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Everyone is welcome – no appointments or registration required.

Following an 11 day pause, the CDC and FDA has recommended lifting the pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Following CDC and FDA affirmation that the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19, the North Carolina DHHS also recommended resuming administration of the J&J vaccine.

The UNC Asheville-MAHEC COVID-19 Immunization Site is a community vaccination site and can be found on myspot.nc.gov.  Please understand that as a community vaccination site, we cannot prioritize individuals and UNC Asheville does not handle appointment scheduling or confirmations.

The immunization site is only open to those who have vaccine appointments.

How should OLLI staff and members access the Reuter Center if they need to be on-site or pick up materials?

Contact David Weldon at dweldon@unca.edu.

 

Getting the Vaccine

Who can get vaccinated?

Currently, according to NCDHHS guidelines, individuals 65 and older and all healthcare workers can now join the COVID-19 vaccination waitlist. Join the waitlist by visiting covid.mahec.net.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Due to decreased demand for vaccinations, the MAHEC/UNCA immunization waitlist is now closed. Those on the waitlist will be called to make an appointment when vaccines become available. MAHEC will call those on the waitlist three times to attempt to schedule an appointment. If they cannot connect with you after three phone calls, they will move you to the end of the waitlist.

Where are we on the waitlist?

We are prioritizing appointments for those in phases that are currently eligible for the vaccine, so there really is no “place” on the waitlist.

When will I receive a confirmation of my pre-registration?

The only confirmation you will receive for signing up on the waitlist is the screen that displays once you register.  When we have called and assigned you an appointment, you will receive an email confirmation if you provided an email address.

Do I need to be registered before I can get vaccinated?

Everyone who is vaccinated will be registered so that vaccine providers know who has been vaccinated and with which vaccine to make sure people get the second dose of the same vaccine at the right time. Most people vaccinated in North Carolina will be registered in COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS). Vaccine providers can register people in CVMS before their appointment. This pre-registration will send an email to the individual with online questions to complete before their vaccine appointment. Vaccine providers can also register people by phone or when they arrive in-person for their vaccine appointment. If the vaccine providers registers the individual, an email address is not required. Pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens doing vaccinations in long-term care facilities do not use CVMS to register patients before giving vaccines. These pharmacies will use their own systems for long-term care facilities.

If I have a confirmation number, when can I expect a call to schedule my appointment?

Calls to schedule vaccine appointments will be made when we have confirmation of our next vaccine allocation from the  N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. We are typically informed if we will receive vaccine allocation that week.

What telephone number will be used to call me to schedule an appointment?

We have numerous people making these phone calls so the call could come from a variety of numbers.  Please answer your phone even if you don’t recognize the number.

Do I have to sign up for every event or am I still on the call list? Is there another way I should be signing up or calling someone?

You only need to sign up on the waitlist once. When you sign up for the waitlist you will remain on the waitlist until you receive the vaccine. Someone from MAHEC will call you to schedule your vaccination appointment as vaccine is made available by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Which vaccine is being used? Do I have a choice?

We are currently receiving Pfizer, but the UNC Asheville-MAHEC COVID-19 Immunization Site receives vaccine allocation from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. We do not know for sure which vaccine we will receive until we are informed of our next vaccine allocation from NCDHHS.

In April, the site offered a vaccine clinic for students to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Following an 11 day pause, the CDC and FDA has recommended lifting the pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Following CDC and FDA affirmation that the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19, the North Carolina DHHS also recommended resuming administration of the J&J vaccine.

A Johnson & Johnson walk-in clinic will be held on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. No appointment or registration required.

Who do I contact with questions?

For questions related to the site, please email covidupdates@unca.edu.

Volunteering

How can I volunteer for the vaccine clinic on UNC Asheville’s campus?

Non-medical volunteers are needed to assist with non-clinical duties including: logistic support, data entry, phone calls to schedule patients, pre-registering clients, and managing consent forms. Please complete this Volunteer Sign-up Form if you are interested!

Do volunteers at the clinic receive the vaccine?

If there are extra doses at the end of the day, we happily give them to our volunteers. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee when or if we’ll have such doses.