Updated 05-03-21: 
Vaccination Clinics are being held at the Rutherford Health Department per the schedule below.  There are also many local pharmacies that are also able to provide vaccines.  
Monday, 5/3/21:  9-11 am 
Wednesday, 5/12/21:  9 am - 12 pm
Wednesday, 5/19/21:  9-11 am and 1-3 pm
Wednesday, 5/26/21:  9-11 am 

  • Vaccines are being administered in a drive thru format (weather permitting) so individuals will not have to get out of their vehicles. 
  • You will need to wait 15 minutes after you get your vaccine to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.
  • I need transportation to my vaccination appointment.  Transit is available to any citizen who needs an appointment Monday-Friday.  Call 828-287-6339 to set up your free ride.  There is no cost for this service.
  • How will I know when my 2nd dose appointment is at?  You will receive a vaccination notification card when you get your first dose that will tell you the date and time for your second dose appointment.  
  • What if I missed my 2nd dose appointment, need to cancel or reschedule? You can come to any future vaccination date as long as it is after the date you were given for your 2nd dose.  
  • I have/had COVID.  When can I get the vaccination? You can get vaccinated 30 days after you test positive for COVID.  If it has not been 30 days, or you are in quarantine, you will have to wait to get vaccinated.
  • I got COVID after my 1st dose.  Can I still come for my 2nd dose? You will need to wait 30 days after you test positive for COVID before you get your 2nd dose. Please call the hotline at 828-223-5735 for more guidance.

Vaccines are also available at many local pharmacies.  Check with your pharmacist to determine availability.

Health Dept HELPLINE:  828-223-5735

(Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Groups 1-4

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  • CVS Pharmacy:  Drive thru service, by appointment only.  M-F 9-4:30, weekend times vary. Go online to schedule an appointment. Cost is free with most insurance plans.
  • Forest City Family Care on Allendale Drive:  Walk In Clinic M-F 8 am - 8 pm, Sat. 8 am - 6 pm. Cost varies based on insurance.
  • At Home Kit from Lab Corp:  Cost is free with most insurance plans.
  • Most primary care doctor's offices are now able to do COVID-19 testing.  Check with your family doctor to see if they can give you the test.
The Rutherford County Emergency Operations Center has been open since March 23, 2020 and is staffed by Rutherford County Emergency Management, Foothills Health District, Rutherford County EMS, 911 Communications, Rutherford County Government, and Rutherfordton and Forest City Fire Departments.  The EOC encourages all residents to wash your hands, wear a mask in public, and maintain a 6-foot social distance from others. FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email and for daily updates text your zip code to 888777.
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