Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.

703-267-3511
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ for Health Care Providers

Updated January 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

 

If you are affiliated with these hospitals, you should reach out to them to join their rounds of vaccination at the appropriate time. In order to provide equitable access to vaccine, Fairfax County Health Depatwill offer vaccination opportunities to unaffiliated health care providers, including those who do not traditionally work in hospitals-- who work in Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Vienna and Herndon.

Fairfax County Health Department is communicating directly with health care providers and through their societies and associations about vaccination opportunities. Contact the health department to schedule an appointment by calling 703-324-7404. To register for an appointment online, complete the online form. Please monitor the Fairfax County Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine webpage for updates. 

Inova is now offering COVID vaccinations to community providers and their practice staff who are in Phase 1a. Visit Inova's COVID-19 vaccine information page for more information. To receive a vaccine through Inova, licensed clinicians will need to provide a photo ID and a copy of their Department of Health Professions license. Non-clinical personal will need to provide a photo ID along with verification of employment, such as a recent pay stub, photo ID badge from the practice, or a letter on office letterhead with the employee’s name. 

Unfortunately, we are experiencing an extremely high volume of calls to our call center. If you have general questions about vaccine and do not need to book an appointment at this time, please call the COVID-19 information line at 703-267-3511.

To register for an appointment online, complete the online form.

Inova is now offering COVID vaccinations to community providers and their practice staff who are in Phase 1a. Visit Inova's COVID-19 vaccine information page for more information. To receive a vaccine through Inova, licensed clinicians will need to provide a photo ID and a copy of their Department of Health Professions license. Non-clinical personal will need to provide a photo ID along with verification of employment, such as a recent pay stub, photo ID badge from the practice, or a letter on office letterhead with the employee’s name. 

Please monitor the Fairfax County Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine webpage for updates.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in its "1a" priority group. This includes paid and unpaid staff serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious material. 

On Jan. 8, the Virginia Department of Health announced that select health districts within the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the Fairfax Health District, will begin vaccinating priority group 1b starting Jan. 11. This includes adults 75+, people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps, and frontline essential workers. Frontline essential workers are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and are at substantially higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 and cannot work remotely. Frontline Essential workers include:

Police, Fire, Hazmat Grocery store workers
Corrections and homeless shelter workers Public transit workers
Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff Mail carriers (USPS and private)
Food and Agriculture Officials needed to maintain continuity of government
Manufacturing  

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has adopted a three-pronged approach to the distribution of the initial vaccine doses being targeted to those in the 1a priority groups:

  • Hospital systems are responsible for vaccinating their internal staff, contractors, partners and physician groups affiliated with their hospital.  
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities are being vaccinated through a federal Long-Term Care Facility Pharmacy Partnership Program with CVS and Walgreens.
  • Local health departments, like Fairfax, are responsible for vaccinating health care providers not affiliated with hospitals, EMS, and public health. This designation is not exclusive to physicians and their staff, but VDH also includes other health care providers working in health care facilities such as Emergency Medical Services, dialysis centers, home health and hospice, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient providers, optometrists, rehabilitation services, federally qualified health centers, free clinics, dental offices, pharmacies, corrections, school nurses, students in clinical rotations, behavioral health, and public health.

About the Health Department's vaccination of health care providers: The Fairfax County Health Department is adhering to the categories listed in 1a priority groupings, and making appointments for individuals who meet the following criteria —“paid and unpaid serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious material." Healthcare workers can make an appointment for vaccine by calling our call center or register for an appointment online by completing the online form. Please monitor the Fairfax County Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine webpage for updates.

In addition, Inova is now offering COVID vaccinations to community providers and their practice staff who are in Phase 1a. Visit Inova's COVID-19 vaccine information page for more information. To receive a vaccine through Inova, licensed clinicians will need to provide a photo ID and a copy of their Department of Health Professions license. Non-clinical personal will need to provide a photo ID along with verification of employment, such as a recent pay stub, photo ID badge from the practice, or a letter on office letterhead with the employee’s name.

No. If you are a healthcare worker and are in Phase 1a, you can still get your vaccine. Overlapping of vaccination groups is expected. 

You can register for vaccine at the Fairfax County Health Department by completing the online form or by calling the COVID-19 vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. In addition, Inova is now offering COVID vaccinations to community providers and their practice staff who are in Phase 1a. Visit Inova's COVID-19 vaccine information page for more information. To receive a vaccine through Inova, licensed clinicians will need to provide a photo ID and a copy of their Department of Health Professions license. Non-clinical personal will need to provide a photo ID along with verification of employment, such as a recent pay stub, photo ID badge from the practice, or a letter on office letterhead with the employee’s name. 

Inova and Reston Hospitals received their initial allocations of vaccinations in mid-December and began vaccinating their internal teams. The Fairfax County Health Department received their first allocation of doses on December 23 and began vaccinating on December 24. These initial allocations were limited in numbers and it is anticipated that future quantities will be of similar size on a potential weekly schedule. Given the limited amount of vaccine we are receiving, and the incredibly high levels of demand, we are asking health care providers to be patient as we work diligently to distribute vaccines as they become available.

There are currently two vaccines that are authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States: 1) Pfizer-BioNTec COVID-19 vaccine and 2) Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Both vaccines require two doses of the same vaccine from the same manufacturer and it will be important that your second dose match your first dose. You will be provided with a vaccination card indicating the vaccine manufacturer.

At this time, the Virginia Department of Health has not distributed any vaccine except to hospital systems, long-term care facilities and health departments. Later phases of vaccination may see direct distribution or redistribution to community practice settings, and FCHD will provide communication about those options as they become available. If not already done, we recommend submitting your VDH provider intent agreement if you are interested in administering vaccine within your practice. 

The Fairfax County Health Department is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine with the confidence that the vaccine has satisfied the requirements to be issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before the FDA granted the EUA, the safety and efficacy of these vaccines were reviewed by FDA scientific staff and by an independent panel of experts convened by the FDA. The CDC and the FDA will continue to monitor individuals who have received the vaccine to ensure there is no evidence of even rare safety issues. The vaccines were tested in large studies to include tens of thousands of people to make sure they met safety standards and protect people of different ages, races, and ethnicities. The study results showed that the vaccines’ benefits outweighed possible risks and provide protection from COVID-19.

Based on the positive safety and efficacy results of the vaccines used in thousands of people in clinical trials, Fairfax County Health Department strongly recommends that health care providers who are patient facing receive the vaccine to decrease their risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing severe disease. HCPs getting the vaccine may also decrease transmission of COVID to their patients and their families.

If you have specific medical questions about whether or not you should receive the vaccine, please contact your primary care provider.

Vaccine information sheets are available for COVID-19 vaccines from FDA. Additionally, the CDC has publicly available information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine at www.cdc.gov. Individuals can select to read information on the FDA website in additional languages.

No. The vaccine does not contain a live virus. It only contains a piece of the genetic code for the spike protein, which protects your body from the virus. It cannot give you COVID-19.

Yes. It is recommended that you should still get the vaccine. Health care providers who had a positive PCR COVID-19 diagnosis in the last three months may consider scheduling a later appointment as data suggests the initial months after recovery may offer protection. It is important to note that regardless of a previous COVID-19 recovery or vaccination, individuals will still need to abide by the same health and safety protocols recommended by the CDC and health department. Read more at the CDC’s FAQ about COVID-19 Vaccination here.

Yes. The CDC has given clear direction that individuals should still wear masks, stating “it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like wearing masks, washing hands often, and social distancing.” The PPE guidance or isolation protocols should not be changed based on the provider’s or the patient’s vaccination status.

Vaccinating everyone in Fairfax County will require a tremendous amount of human resourcing and we have a specific need for vaccinators—nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, physician assistants and nurse practitioners etc. Physician volunteers are also needed.  We encourage you to help us by signing up for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps

For those who received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the Fairfax County Health Department, your second dose must be from the same manufacturer. If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through the Fairfax County Health Department, you will receive a notification from the health department when it is time to schedule your second dose. Please keep an eye out for an email that will direct you to schedule your second dose. 

If you received your vaccine at Inova or Reston Hospital, you will need to schedule your second dose with Inova or Reston since all hospitals in Virginia received the Pfizer vaccine.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, closed vaccination clinics for police, fire and hazmat, corrections and homeless shelter workers and residents will be conducted by the Health Department. There will be no need for individuals working in these sectors to contact the Health Department to schedule appointments.

Dates for the other Phase 1b frontline essential worker categories will be announced in the future. More details will be available on the Health Department webpage.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 18, Patients 65 and older and patients 16-64 with underlying health conditions can can register for vaccine with the Fairfax County Health Department by completing an online form. For people who do not have internet access, they can call the Health Department’s vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to register. 

Vaccine supply in the United States is still very limited and is expected to increase gradually over the next months. Because there is not sufficient supply to vaccinate everyone in Phase 1b at the same time, frontline essential workers will be vaccinated in the following order:

  1. Police, fire, and hazmat
  2. Corrections and homeless shelter workers
  3. Childcare/K-12 teachers/staff
  4. Food and agriculture
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Grocery store workers
  7. Public transit workers
  8. Mail carriers (USPS and private)
  9. Officials needed to maintain continuity of government.
Vaccination in the Fairfax Health District, January 18, 2020
PHASE WHO? STATUS WHAT'S HAPPENING HOW TO GET AN APPOINTMENT
1a All health care personnel Eligible for vaccination Inova and Fairfax County Health Department are vaccinating 1a health care workers by appointment.

 

Register for an appointment online with the Fairfax County Health Department

OR

Make an appointment by calling the Health Department’s vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

 

OR

Visit Inova's COVID-19 vaccine information page on how to obtain vaccine through Inova.

1a Long-term care facility residents and staff Eligible for vaccination Vaccinations occurring via a federal program with Walgreens and CVS.  Contact your facility’s administrator for details.
1b Adults 65+ Eligible for vaccination Adults 75+ are eligible for vaccination by the Health Department.

Register for an appointment online

OR

Make an appointment by calling the Health Department’s vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

 

1b People living in correctional facilities and homeless shelters Eligible for vaccination Dedicated vaccination clinics Scheduling information coming directly from the facility.
1b

Police, Fire and Hazmat 

(Frontline Essential Worker priority group #1)

Eligible for vaccination

Dedicated vaccination clinics

Staff receive scheduling information directly from their agency [Fairfax County, Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, Towns of Vienna and Herndon]

Note: Federal and state first responders, including those who have positions located in the Fairfax Health District, must see their agency for vaccination details.

1b Corrections and homeless shelter workers (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #2) Eligible for vaccination Dedicated vaccination clinics Staff receive scheduling information directly from their agency.
1b K-12 teachers and staff - public schools (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #3) Eligible for vaccination Dedicated vaccination clinics through Inova Public school staff receive scheduling information directly schools
1b K-12 teachers and staff - private schools (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #3) Eligible for vaccination Dedication vaccination clinics through Inova  Private school staff receive scheduling information from Health Department
1b Childcare staff (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #3) Eligible for vaccination  Dedicated vaccination clinics through Inova Scheduling information coming soon.
1b People ages 16-64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19 Eligible for vaccination This group is eligible for vaccination by the Health Department.

Register for an appointment online

OR

Make an appointment by calling the Health Department’s vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through the Fairfax County Health Department, you will receive a notification from the health department when it is time to schedule your second dose. Please keep an eye out for an email that will direct you to schedule your second dose. 

Fairfax Virtual Assistant