COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Timeline

Vaccination Registration

The Health Department is offering vaccination registration to adults ages 65+; health care personnel; and people ages 16-64 with underlying medical conditions

Alert: Our Call Center is Experiencing High Volume

Please register for an appointment online. Our call center is experiencing high volume and is an option for those who need assistance with registration, who must register in another language, or who do not have proper internet access or technology for online registration. The only two ways to register for an appointment are online or over the phone. You will be contacted after you register to schedule an appointment when one is available. Learn more about the appointment process.

About COVID-19 Vaccine in the Fairfax Health District

What is Happening?

Per the Virginia Department of Health, the following individuals are eligible for vaccination:

Phase 1a: Health care personnel and long-term care facility residents and staff

Phase 1b: Frontline Essential Workers, Persons Aged 75 years and Older, and People Living in Correctional Facilities and Homeless Shelters. On Jan. 14, Governor Ralph Northam announced that people age 65 and older and people age 16-64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will be moved into Phase 1b.

Frontline Essential Workers are eligible for vaccination in the following priority order put forth by the Virginia Department of Health:

  1. Police, Fire, and Hazmat
  2. Corrections and homeless shelter workers
  3. Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff
  4. Food and Agriculture (including Veterinarians)
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Grocery store workers
  7. Public transit workers
  8. Mail carriers (USPS and private)
  9. Officials needed to maintain continuity of government 

As of January 18, 2020, the following 1b groups are eligible for vaccination in the Fairfax Health District:

  1. Adults 65+
  2. People ages 16-64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  3. People living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps
  4. Police, fire and hazmat (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #1)
  5. Corrections and homeless shelter workers (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #2)
  6. Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #3) 

Please note:

  • Dates for the other Phase 1b frontline essential workers categories will be announced in the future. 
  • Due to limited supplies of vaccine, it may take months to get through Phase 1b. The ability to schedule appointments will depend on the supply of vaccine available. The vaccine supply in the U.S. is still very limited and is expected to increase gradually over the next months. We ask for your patience during this process.  

How do I get vaccinated if I am eligible?


When will you know when other groups can be vaccinated?

It will take several weeks to months to vaccinate Virginians who fall into Phase 1b. The ability to schedule appointments will depend on vaccine availability. Vaccine supply in the United States is still very limited. The amount of vaccine available in the United States will depend on the capabilities of the manufacturers to produce the vaccine safely and is expected to increase later gradually over the next months. The Virginia Department of Health is continually monitoring vaccination and matching allocations of doses and will move to other priority groups as appropriate. No information about dates of vaccine availability for groups beyond 1a and 1b is available at this time.   

More information about Phase 1b

More information about Phase 1c

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We have created a list of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

FAQ for Health Care Providers in the Fairfax Health District

Health Care Providers, please see our dedicated FAQ for answers to your questions.


Vaccine Timeline



V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that checks in on you after your COVID-19 vaccination. Your participation helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe — for you and for everyone. If you got vaccinated in the last 6 weeks, you can participate in v-safe. 

Focus on Vaccine Facts

vaccine facts

Facts About COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines 

  • They cannot give someone COVID-19. 
  • mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19. 
  • They do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. 
  • mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept. 
  • The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions. 
  • They are being held to the same rigorous safety and effectiveness standards as all other types of vaccines in the United States. 
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