COVID-19 Vaccination Information

This information has been updated as of *03/05/2021*

Information is always changing. Please check back regularly for the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine.

1-877-VAX-IN-VA

7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Service available in English and Spanish

Call-back service in 100+ languages

TTY service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

Learn more at:  Vaccinate.Virginia.gov

Why I'm Getting the Vaccine

What are some good reasons to consider getting vaccinated?

This has been a stressful and difficult time for all of us. We want to return to normal. Stopping any pandemic requires using all the tools we have available, including distancing, mask wearing, and getting vaccinated.

At this time, the combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19 and be the path back towards hugging our loved ones, traveling, return to in-person schooling and gathering for important events

Also, people who are fully vaccinated and have exposure to someone with COVID-19 do not have to quarantine, provided they are also asymptomatic, and within 3 months from their second dose. This can help reduce lost time at work and financial strain.

How do we know the vaccine is safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks.

COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). 

Over 52 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through February 14, 2021. FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even very rare side effects are identified.

Does the vaccine work?

Both this disease and the vaccine are new. We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who get infected or those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice.

Will the vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Some people have no side effects. Many people have reported mild side effects after COVID-19 vaccination, like pain or swelling at the injection site, headache, chills, or fever. Very similar to what you may feel after getting a flu shot.

A small number of people have had a severe allergic reaction (called “anaphylaxis”) after vaccination, but this is extremely rare. If this occurs, vaccination providers have medicines available to effectively and immediately treat the reaction. After you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so you can be observed in case you have a severe allergic reaction and provided treatment in the rare case it is needed.

If I have already had COVID-19, do I still need to vaccinate?

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

 

Who is going to pay for the vaccine?

The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States. Vaccination providers can be reimbursed for vaccine administration fees by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay a vaccine administration fee.

How do I get scheduled to receive the vaccine?

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER NOW using the link below or by calling the number above. Although construction workers are listed in Phase 1c for vaccination, you may qualify now for Phase 1b based on your individual circumstances.

https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/

From the information we have now that was last updated by the Virginia Department of Health on 2/23/21, employers can no longer register their employees for vaccination. This must be done by employees themselves. If you are asked for your employer’s address during the registration process please provide: 2811 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville Virginia 22901.

What information will I need to provide to pre-register?

You will be asked simple questions to determine when you are eligible for a vaccination such as your date of birth, your occupation, and any high-risk medical conditions you may have. You will be asked for contact information so you can be contacted for scheduling when it is your turn. You will not be asked for a social security number.

What languages will be offered?

There are Spanish and English-speaking agents, as well as a language service to assist those residents and workers who speak other languages. They will have capabilities to initiate a three-way call between the resident or worker, agent, and a translator to assist residents and workers who speak other languages.

How will I be notified when it’s my turn?

When your turn comes, you will get a phone call, text, or an email to schedule your appointment.

What do I do when I’m notified it’s my turn?

When it is your turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment using the email or phone number provided during pre-registration. When contacted, you will be offered a specific date and location and asked to select an available time. Please complete the scheduling process as soon as possible.

Can I schedule my appointment with my spouse/family?

Because each person may have a different level of eligibility and each clinic has a limited number of appointments, it is unlikely that spouses, partners, or family members will be scheduled at the same time.

Will I have to pre-register again for my second dose?

No. You will be contacted to schedule your second dose appointment at the appropriate time, and you do not have to pre-register again. Some clinics will schedule your second dose appointment at the time of your first dose, and some will contact you a week or two before the second dose is due.

What can I expect when I get my vaccine?

When you get vaccinated for COVID-19, you will be provided a card that contains the name of the vaccine manufacturer, the vaccine lot number, the date and the location of where you were immunized. Please keep this card in a safe place.

You should also receive a fact sheet with information specific to the vaccine that you received.

All people receiving a COVID-19 shot should be monitored on site for some time, after receiving the shot.

You can register for v-safe. V-safe allows you to use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose. You can also choose to enroll in the VaxText text messaging service. By texting ENROLL to 1-833-VaxText (829-8398), vaccine recipients can opt in to receive a weekly text reminder for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine or a reminder for when they are overdue for their second dose, in English or Spanish.

Some vaccinated people have had arm pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache or other body aches, or chills or fever for a few days. Some people have reported redness, swelling, and itching around the injection site. 

To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:

  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area, use or exercise your arm.

To reduce discomfort from fever:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Dress lightly

Will I have to wear a mask and distance after receiving my second dose?

Yes. It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. We don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself, remember – it will take using all the tools to stop the pandemic. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations, for how to protect yourself and others, will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

If we use all the tools we have, we stand the best chance of getting our families, communities, schools, and workplaces “back to normal” sooner.

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