Updated April 18, 2021
Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health
Updated April 18, 2021
Beginning Sunday, April 18, all individuals in the Fairfax Health District who are 16 or older are eligible to directly search for vaccine availability through VaccineFinder.org as Fairfax County moves into Phase 2 with the rest of Virginia.
Please be aware that each provider may have different processes to sign up to get an appointment.
VaccineFinder displays locations that have available doses from approved vaccine providers across the county, including the Health Department, pharmacies, hospitals, and some private practices.
Providers are required to update their information on VaccineFinder.org each day. Keep checking back regularly to locate an appointment. It is expected that until vaccine supply increases, the number of appointments available will be smaller than the number of individuals interested in getting vaccinated.
Continue to check your link as vaccination appointment days and times are always refreshed. It will not expire.
First, please check your email again, including your spam folder. When you submit your registration form, the email you receive will be from HD COVID Vaccine with an email address of HDCOVIDVaccine@fairfaxcounty.gov.
When it is time to schedule an appointment, the email you receive will be from Schedule Appointment with an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you still don’t see an email and would like to speak with somebody about your registration, contact our vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. Call volume remains high. You can also email email@example.com.
The Health Department is continuing to schedule appointments at several county and partner locations for those who were on our waitlist before it closed at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.
Clinics managed by the Health Department and some partners may not be listed on VaccineFinder until late April or early May due to available vaccine supply and the need to finish vaccinating those on our waitlist.
Accommodations are made for those with mobility and other issues.
Clinics managed by the Health Department and some of its partners may not be listed on that VaccineFinder until late April or early May due to available vaccine supply and the need to finish vaccinating those on our waitlist.
Everyone who was on our waitlist before it closed at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, is being contacted with instructions for how to schedule appointments.
Yes. One caregiver is welcome to join on an appointment if assistance is needed. Please note that caregivers will not be offered vaccine. Only those who meet the criteria and have an appointment will be offered vaccine.
A parent or other adult (18 years and over) must physically accompany the minor for COVID-19 vaccinations.
You will need to wait until your quarantine is over before coming in for your second dose. This action will help prevent you from possibly spreading illness to volunteers and staff working the vaccination clinic.
In order to reschedule, you will need to cancel 24 hours before your appointment to keep your place in the queue. Go to your appointment confirmation email you received and click the “cancel appointment” link (found near the end of the email). Once you’ve cancelled your appointment, you will receive a cancellation confirmation email which will contain a link to reschedule your appointment. Appointments for second doses are added to the scheduler each week.
While the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.
Everyone who registered on our waitlist before it closed at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, is being contacted to schedule appointments. These individuals can also seek an appointment using vaccinefinder.org.
If you are on our current waitlist but get vaccinated by another provider, please remove yourself from our waitlist.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) allowed residents in the state to preregister before they were eligible. However, Fairfax County did not participate in the statewide registration system and Fairfax Health District residents were asked to register with Fairfax County.
Fairfax Health District residents who pre-registered with vaccinate.virginia.gov using a Fairfax Health District zip code are receiving instructions about how to schedule their appointments.
Individuals in noneligible categories who preregistered on the state website were not given priority over individuals who registered with Fairfax County.
As the transition to Phase 2 occurs, our demand for vaccine still surpasses a supply that has seen fluctuations across jurisdictions throughout the state and the country. It is anticipated that vaccine supplies will begin to increase throughout the spring and summer.
The Fairfax County Health Department uses a variety of ways to disseminate information, including: blog posts, website updates, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor), English and Spanish text alerts, a countywide mailing to all homes, flyers, news media (TV, radio, newspapers and blogs), videos in multiple languages, working with our Outreach team in the community, and more.
VaccineFinder is not currently available in other languages, but users can switch languages on their browsers as an alternative.
If you need assistance in another language or are not able to schedule an appointment online at a Fairfax County Health Department clinic, contact our Vaccine Call Center at 703-324-7404.
Beginning Sunday, April 18, all individuals in the Fairfax Health District who are 16 or older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Beginning Sunday, April 18, all individuals who are 16 or older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Residents are encouraged to use VaccineFinder to schedule appointments directly with any provider based on the day, time and location that is most convenient for them. Be aware that each provider may have different processes to sign up to get an appointment.
If you are on our current waitlist but get vaccinated by another provider, please remove yourself from our waitlist.
Virginia will continue to prioritize individuals who meet phase 1a, 1b, or 1c eligibility criteria for COVID vaccination. Priority groups can register on the Virginia Department of Health website at vaccinate.virginia.gov.
Fairfax County residents in this queue will receive an invitation to schedule an appointment at local clinics as appointments become available. Invitations will come by email to the email address used to register on the VDH website. Residents who meet phase 1a, 1b, or 1c eligibility criteria can also seek an appointment using VaccineFinder.org.
If you received your first dose with the Fairfax County Health Department or one of its partners, please see the Vaccine Partners page for more information about how to schedule your second dose.
If you received your first dose locally (VA, MD, and DC) but not through the Fairfax County Health Department, please contact the provider/organization that you received your first dose from to schedule your second dose appointment. E.g., through a Federal Retail Pharmacy Program pharmacy.
If you received your first dose elsewhere (out of state, overseas, etc.), you must call 703-324-7404 so we can evaluate your eligibility and, if appropriate, you will be sent an appointment link to schedule.
Yes. Second doses must be the same vaccine from the same manufacturer as the first dose.
If you received your first dose of the vaccine elsewhere, you need to return to that provider to receive your second dose. This is because your original provider has already allocated a second dose for you. The Health Department is only able to provide second doses to people who had their first dose at a Health Department clinic. We receive the number of second doses needed to complete vaccination for people whose first doses were already administered by us.
Persons should not be scheduled to receive the second dose earlier than recommended (i.e., 21 days for Pfizer-BioNTech or 28 days for Moderna). However, second doses administered within a grace period of 4 days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are still considered valid. Doses inadvertently administered earlier than the grace period should not be repeated.
The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series. More on the CDC website.
If you received your first dose from the Fairfax County Health Department, you will receive an email invitation with a link to schedule your second dose during an appropriate window based on the date you received your first dose. You can expect this notification at least 4 to 7 days before the dose is due. You do not need to contact the Health Department to schedule your second dose and you do not need to complete the registration form again.
When people receive their vaccine at the Health Department, they are given a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, which is just a bit larger than a standard business card. That date on the back of your card is the earliest recommended date to receive your second dose. Depending on the vaccine, this date will be either three weeks (Pfizer-BioNTech) or four weeks (Moderna) later. The date on the back of your vaccination record card is NOT an appointment date.
See Understanding the Dates on Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card for more details.
You need the name and email address you used to register. If you registered by phone, you will need to call our call center for registration status: 703-324-7404.
The registration checker allows you to see which date of registrations we are currently scheduling appointments for. For example, you can see that we are currently scheduling those who registered on “April 8.” So, you can use your registration date to help you see where you are in the queue. Specific queue numbers are not available.
Please check your spam folder. If you continue to have issues, please contact our call center who can assist you via phone: 703-324-7404.
Please make sure you spelled the first and last name correctly and you entered the email address that was used during the registration process. If you need assistance, please call our call center at 703-324-7404.
This could be happening for a couple of reasons. The first is user error – please make sure you are entering your first name, last name and email address exactly as you entered it when you registered. We have seen many entries with extra spaces or letters in these fields.
Another reason could be due to data cleanup this week. We have identified several issues that were causing problems for users. This includes:
In all of these cases, the data has been automatically corrected and individuals have been placed back in the queue where they originally registered. For errors that affected registrations prior to Jan. 18, those residents have been placed in the Jan. 18 queue.
If you used the status checker previously and received an error message, please check again now to ensure your data is correct.
If you still receive an error message and would like to speak with somebody about your registration, contact our vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. Call volume remains high. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new Vaccine and Registration Data Dashboard highlights key indicators of progress and status in the Fairfax Health District, including:
The Health Department is constantly reviewing our waitlist and performing data cleanup to ensure the list is accurate. Sometimes the numbers decline because people on our list have been vaccinated elsewhere and have asked to be removed from our queue. Other times, people are removed due to invalid data entered when they registered (such as entering a date of birth that indicates they are under 16 years old). Please note that nobody will be removed without being contacted first to verify the information was not entered in error.
Periodically, the numbers may rise as we identify issues with registrations not being correctly captured in the system. When this happens, we restore those registrations to the date when the person registered, which affects the numbers shown on the dashboard. That was the case the week of Feb. 22 for approximately 2,800 total registrations.
If you would like to be removed from our COVID-19 vaccine registration list (because you have already been vaccinated by another provider or you have reconsidered for any other reason) and don’t already have an appointment scheduled, use this online tool to cancel your registration.
If you already have an appointment scheduled and need to cancel it, use the cancellation link that was provided in your appointment confirmation email no less than 24 hours before your appointment date. If you fail to cancel and are a ‘no show’ you will lose your place in the queue and need to re-register.
See additional FAQs about canceling appointments below.
Please use the cancellation link contained in your appointment confirmation email to cancel no less than 24 hours before your appointment date. If you fail to cancel and are a ‘no show’ you will lose your place in the queue and need to re-register.
Please see FAQs below If you need to cancel due to weather or illness.
Please see FAQ above if you need to cancel your registration.
You will automatically receive a link to reschedule. If you did not cancel 24 hours in advance, you will need to re-register and join the queue at the end.
Yes. Please use the link you received in your appointment confirmation email to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Or, you can call us to cancel: 703-324-7404.
If you have a scheduled appointment and you do not come to your appointment and do not cancel, you have lost your place in line and must go through registration again.
Please see FAQs below If you need to cancel due to weather or illness.
If you are ill and unable to attend your appointment, you can cancel in the following ways:
You must call to reschedule your appointment: 703-324-7404.
To reschedule an appointment, go to the appointment confirmation email that you received and click the “cancel appointment” link (found near the end of the email). Once you’ve cancelled your appointment, you will receive a cancellation confirmation email which will contain a link to reschedule your appointment. You may also the call center to reschedule at 703-324-7404.
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.
COVID-19 vaccines have satisfied the requirements issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before the FDA grants an 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.
COVID-19 can be a severe or fatal disease, even in young, healthy people. The risks from COVID-19 illness are greater than the possible risks from receiving the vaccine, therefore, when you are eligible for vaccination, it is strongly recommended you receive the vaccine. If you have specific questions about whether or not you should receive the vaccine when it is available, please contact your primary care provider. For general vaccine information you can contact our call center at 703-267-3511.
All three vaccines are extremely effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. The authorized vaccines work differently, but each stimulate an immune response, which produces antibodies. These antibodies protect us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
While vaccines are very effective in preventing COVID-19, they are just one tool. Even for those who have been vaccinated, a combination of actions is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. After getting the vaccine, it will still be important to adhere to all health and safety recommendations from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.
There are three currently available vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines include a piece of messenger RNA, or mRNA, that your body uses as instructions to make a protein that appears on the surface of the virus. Your immune system reacts to this protein and develops a response without danger of coronavirus infection. This allows your body to start preparing to fight against the virus even before you are exposed. There is no live virus in the vaccine and it is impossible to get COVID-19 from the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a different technology, but one that has been developed over many years for several vaccines. It is not an mRNA vaccine like Pfizer and Moderna. Instead it is a viral vector vaccine, which uses a harmless adenovirus, one of a family of viruses which causes the common cold, as a vector to deliver instructions, in the form of genetic material (a gene), to make a piece of the coronavirus that stimulates our immune response. The vaccine does not cause infection with either COVID-19 or the virus that is used as the vector. The genetic material delivered by the viral vector does not integrate into a person’s DNA.
Vaccine ingredients lists can be found on the manufacturer’s fact sheets:
Vaccines currently available will be given by injecting it into the muscle, similar to the flu shot.
The Pfizer-BoiNTech and Moderna vaccines require a second dose which should be administered about three or four weeks after the first dose. Your shot will be recorded on a vaccination card and you will be asked to follow up with a second appointment at the appropriate time. You must receive both doses as scheduled in order to fully benefit from the vaccine’s protection.
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine requires only a single dose.
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: CDC’s FAQ about COVID-19 Vaccination.
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.
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.
The vaccine is being administered under a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). An EUA enables medical products, including vaccines, to be used during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic following rigorous testing and scientific review. For an EUA to be issued for a vaccine, the FDA must determine that the manufacturing process ensures quality and consistency and that the known and potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks. While formal approval is a process that will take additional months to secure, the vaccines have proved safe and effective in large clinical trials and no corners were cut in the development or review of the vaccines. The vaccine fact sheet is a federal document that we are not able to change locally to explain the statement on approval.
We do everything possible to avoid vaccine wastage and have a strategic plan for how to use every dose. If stored in proper cold chain, vials that have not been opened are good for 30 days when refrigerated. Once a vial is opened, it must be used within 6 hours. At the Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination sites, we know how many doses will be dispensed each day since vaccine is distributed by appointment. Currently, we experience very few no-shows at our sites. In addition, vaccinators pull doses from a shared pool of vials throughout the day to ensure that as the end of day nears, they are pulling doses from vials already opened. Our agency’s senior pharmacist provides vaccine management protocols to minimize waste. These are the same vaccination protocols in place for other vaccines that the Health Department distributes widely to the general public every day.
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