Updated April 15, 2021
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. There are two ways you can help:
- We encourage you to sign up for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.
- You can offer vaccines in your practice by completing the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Agreement and meeting the requirements of that agreement.
In March, the Health Department began distribution to the practices that have met all the CDC requirements. Currently, the distribution is being managed by the local health department but vaccine distribution to health care providers may change to state or federal distribution in the future and further information will be provided at that time.
The inventory of vaccine that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) sends the Fairfax County Health Department can vary from week to week. It is possible that some practices will receive one product and another practice may receive a different product.
If you receive a two-dose product, you will be allocated the same vaccine at the appropriate time to ensure second doses are given.
The inventory varies and the Health Department will ensure equitable distribution of vaccine to all areas of our community. The Health Department will fulfill vaccine requests as inventory limitations permit while balancing the needs of the other community partners receiving vaccine from this same inventory.
If you have completed your agreement, your name will be sent to the Fairfax County Health Department as “completed.” The Health Department staff will then reach out to you to assure compliance with all aspects of the vaccine agreement and once that is completed, they will arrange for distribution of COVI-19 vaccine.
If you have completed your agreement and not heard from The Fairfax County Health Department, please contact: HDHealthproviders@fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Virginia Department of Health received more than 4,800 Provider Intent forms. They are working through the backlog.
If you have not heard from them and are still interested in becoming a vaccine provider, please contact: VIIS_Helpdesk@vdh.virginia.gov.
Registration is currently open to all those in Phase 1a, 1b, and 1c categories. Please see the Vaccine Eligibility page for a current list of who is eligible to be vaccinated in the Fairfax Health District.
Beginning Sunday, April 18, all individuals in the Fairfax Health District who are 16 or older will be eligible to directly schedule a vaccine appointment through VaccineFinder.org as Fairfax County moves into Phase 2 with the rest of Virginia. See: New Vaccine Scheduling Process to Begin April 18; All People Age 16+ Eligible for a Vaccine in Phase 2
Vaccine eligibility for health care providers' private patients must follow the same eligibility as specified by the Fairfax County Health Department. At this time, you may vaccinate your patients who fall in the Phase 1a, 1b, and 1c groups as listed on the Vaccine Eligibility page.
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.
Please register online for an appointment online. You may also 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.).
There are currently three vaccines that are authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States: 1) Pfizer-BioNTec COVID-19 vaccine, 2) Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and 3) Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. All three vaccines are extremely effective at preventing hospitalization or death from COVID-19.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna 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. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose. You will be provided with a vaccination card indicating the vaccine manufacturer.
The Virginia Department of Health has announced that it will begin offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Fairfax County is currently evaluating how many Johnson & Johnson doses we will receive, how those doses will be given at our clinics, and how much vaccine will be distributed to our health partners. We will provide more information when it is available.
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.
It is recommended that you should still get the vaccine. Patients who had a PCR positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the last three months may consider delaying vaccination as they likely have natural immunity for at least 3 months. However, patients who had COVID-19 may be vaccinated any time after their isolation period ends and vaccination may boost their immunity. 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 and continue to wear a mask and socially distance as recommended by the CDC and health department.
Read more at the CDC’s FAQ about COVID-19 Vaccination here.
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. 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.
For more information about the CDC's recent guidance, please see: CDC Issues New Guidance for Fully-Vaccinated People
The CDC has provided guidance that, in many situations, someone who is fully vaccinated (more than 2 weeks after their second vaccine dose) would not need to quarantine if exposed to someone who has COVID-19. If you are identified as a close contact and have been vaccinated, a Health Department a contact tracing expert will let you know if you need to quarantine. See: What You Need to Know When You Get Vaccinated AND After You Get Vaccinated.
Additional information is also available at: When to Isolate and When to Quarantine.