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Health Department offers update on second dose scheduling

The CDC has updated its guidance on how long people can wait between the first and second doses for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

If the second dose cannot be scheduled in the recommended time frame, which is 28 days after the first dose for Moderna, people can wait up to six weeks, the CDC said in an update published recently.

“The Stanly County Health Department intends to administer second doses as close to the recommended interval of 28 days as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be scheduled for administration up to 42 days after the first dose,” Stanly County Health and Human Services Director Dave Jenkins said.

For everyone that has received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from the health department, staff will notify by phone the day and time of the appointment for their second dose.

If the call is not answered, staff will leave a voicemail providing the day and time of their second dose appointment. Those that want to schedule their second dose appointment may also call the COVID Vaccine Hotline at 980-323-0205.

“Our plan is to provide second doses every Tuesday and Wednesday and first doses every Thursday and Friday,” Jenkins said. “This schedule may be adjusted as necessary due to changes in the number of COVID-19 vaccination allocations and delivery days.”