Virus Studies

“We Do Not Get Herd Immunity Without Addressing Religious Identity.” 


The 2021 PRRI-IFYC Religious Diversity and Vaccine Survey offers a deep dive into religious identity and how it relates to vaccine acceptance, hesitancy, and refusal. Religious leaders will find this VERY HELPFUL as it includes in-depth understanding of which groups are most resistant and why along with ideas of how religious leaders and religious communities can respond. 


  • In case you missed the event, or if you would like to forward it to a friend, here is a link to the full report. 

  • You may access a replay of the webinar via YouTube [here].

  • You may also download a PDF of the presentation slides [here].


Key takeaways: 


Faith leaders and faith communities have a huge amount of power in shaping people's opinions about getting vaccinated. 


Broad messaging has gone as far as it can – now is the time for congregation by congregation, person to person conversations.  People's concerns are varied from worries about missing work to worries about vaccine safety -- the most effective messages will respond directly to each person's exact concern. 


Some things that have proven effective that houses of faith can do to address vaccine hesitancy:

  • Holding a forum on vaccine safety

  • Faith leader(s) publicly getting a vaccine

  • Fellow members publicly getting a vaccine

  • Holding vaccine clinics at your congregation

  • Helping members to get vaccine appointments 

  • Addressing vaccines in worship 

Interfaith Youth Core: The Power of Interfaith Action

Check Out This Quick Comparison Showing That The Covid-19 Virus
Has Significantly More Health Risks Than The Covid-19 Vaccine



Atrium Health is setting up micro-sites in the Charlotte community to help increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine. In particular, they are interested in these zip codes: 28208, 28205, 28213, and 28215 because individuals living in these zip codes have the lowest vaccine uptake in Mecklenburg County; however, any nonprofits outside these zip codes are eligible to inquire.

As they are scaling their community vaccine clinics, they are interested in bringing a pop-up site to your organization's location. Any organizations interested in hosting a vaccine clinic, please reach out to Rikki Bower (619-246-3753).

Changes to hours at COVID-19 vaccination sites



Due to decreased vaccine demand and changes in operational needs, Novant Health’s four mass vaccination sites have implemented reduced hours. However, the number of primary adult and pediatric care clinics that can administer COVID-19 vaccine continues to increase. Today, more than 60 clinics are administering vaccines with another 45 clinics to be added over the coming weeks. Established patients can call their primary care clinic to inquire if it is offering the vaccine and to schedule an appointment at that clinic.


The new schedule for mass vaccination sites is below. You do not have to be a Novant Health patient to make an appointment or walk-in to these vaccination sites.


  • East Mecklenburg (6070 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28212): Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Huntersville (17220 Northcross Drive, Suite 110, Huntersville, NC 28078): Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Salisbury (J.F. Hurley YMCA at 828 Jake Alexander Blvd., West Salisbury, NC 28147): Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


To make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, or to find hours for your closest walk-in location, visit:



Walk-ups are welcome at the following pop-up events:



  • Charlotte: 

o    July 24, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m: Welcome Back Fest at Romare Bearden Park (300 South Church St, Charlotte, 28202)

Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages ALL eligible residents to GET the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Become a COVID-19 Vaccine Champion
and help us get the word out!

Thank you from Novant Health  Vaccine Clinics to our  Remarkable Volunteers! 

Novant Health appreciates YOU, YOUR time, YOUR energy, and YOUR support to help stop the spread and start the healing! Thanks to all who have volunteered to help with this public health crisis.

Register to Volunteer 

Novant is looking for individuals in a variety of roles & shifts at their  vaccination clinics.

Must be 16 years of age or older.

Ongoing Sites 

  • Hanes-Clinic, Winston-Salem

  • East-Meck, Charlotte

  • Jake-Alexander YMCA, Salisbury

  • North Charlotte, Huntersville


How to schedule:

1. Click here for a list of vaccine clinic opportunities (Google Chrome is recommended)

2.  If you are a new volunteer, click REGISTER

3.  If you are a returning volunteer, click I AM RETURNING- then follow the prompts



“It’s A Shot To Live. It’s A Shot At Life.” 

U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams
on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine: