COVID-19 Vaccines

Page updated on Dec 7, 2021 at 9:36 AM

Vaccine Circle 304x290Protect Yourself from COVID-19: Get Vaccinated!

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free and they can save your life. When enough people get vaccinated, we can get back to normal. Schedule your appointment today. 

Things to know before you schedule
  • Vaccines are safe, free and available to everyone ages 5 and up.
  • Pfizer is the only vaccine currently authorized for those 5-17 years old. Other vaccines are only authorized for people ages 18 and older.
  • Minors 17 years old and under must have a parent, guardian, or adult aged 18 or older designated by the parent or guardian present on-site to receive the vaccine.
  • Boosters are not currently available for those under 18. 
  • Providers, including the Alexandria Health Department, will open appointments for ages 5-11 as vaccine is available. 

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  • All Alexandria Health Department clinics offer all doses of the listed vaccine.

  • If you’re moderately or severely immunocompromised:

    • Get a third dose of your Pfizer or Moderna vaccine 28 days after your second dose. 

    • Get the same type/brand of vaccine for all of your doses.

  • Individuals may choose any type of COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose:

    • Get a booster dose at least 6 months after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.
    • Get a booster dose at least 2 months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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  • All Alexandria Health Department clinics offer all doses of the listed vaccine.

  • Individuals may choose any type of vaccine as a booster dose:

    • Get a booster dose at least 6 months after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. 
    • Get a booster dose at least 2 months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Consider getting your booster and a high-dose flu shot during the same visit. View a list of locations that offer both shots.
  •  If you’re moderately or severely immunocompromised:

    • Get a third dose of your Pfizer or Moderna vaccine 28 days after your second dose.
    • Get the same type/brand of vaccine for all of your doses.

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  • Covid-19 is Getting More Contagious
    • New variants such as Delta are more contagious, spreading twice as easily or more. More contagious means more total cases, including more cases that require hospitalization, even among otherwise healthy people and children too young to receive the vaccine yet. The risk of even more dangerous mutations will only go up.
    • Vaccination protects you from severe illness and protects all of us by lowering the chances of the virus being able to mutate in your body and become “the next Delta.”
  • The Vaccines are Safe
    • The first authorized mRNA vaccine has now been fully FDA approved, and all of the vaccines have emergency use authorization. They have all been extensively tested and more than 70% of adults in the U.S. have safely received at least one dose.
    • For full approval of a new drug, the FDA requires extensive safety and effectiveness data, inspection of manufacturing facilities, and a comprehensive review of all clinical and “real-world” use. None of the vaccines contain a live virus and they can’t infect you with COVID-19 or change your DNA.
  • Being Unvaccinated Means Missing Out
    • As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, businesses, employers, and events will prefer or even require vaccination. There is also always the risk of a COVID-19  infection that can force you to stay away from your family, be unable to work, miss out on life events, and even end up hospitalized.
    • The freedom to safely participate in life is as easy as getting a vaccine.

 

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If you have an appointment scheduled with a provider listed and need to contact them about rescheduling or cancelling, please contact them directly. For general questions, please contact the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline at 703.746.4988, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

PHARMACIES AND OTHER PROVIDERS CAN BE FOUND AT VACCINES.GOV


How Can I Receive More Information?

This website will continue to be updated as more information about COVID-19 vaccines becomes available. Sign up for the City’s eNews, check out the StayWellNoVA site for common local questions, and the CDC website for more general vaccine information.

Have a specific question about COVID-19 and the vaccines? Try the regularly updated VDH Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

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