NEW INFORMATION FROM FAIRFAX COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT:
Quick Facts for Older Adults about COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments
Vaccine eligibility is occurring in phases per the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. More information about vaccine rollout in Fairfax can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19.
As more vaccine becomes available, there will be more options where to access it. In the future, you will likely be able to access vaccine via your doctor, a health clinic or pharmacy.
It takes two doses. Follow the directions of your vaccine provider to schedule your second dose.
- One caregiver can attend a vaccine appointment with their loved one.
Vaccine-eligible people can register for appointments online or over the phone (no need to do both).
Online: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19. Click on “Vaccination” at the top of the page and you will see registration information. After your registration is accepted, a scheduling link will be sent to you as vaccine becomes available.
- Call: 703-324-7404 to register for a vaccine via phone.
Vaccine Appointment Tips
- After you receive your first vaccine, you should take a picture of your vaccination card that you will receive. That way you won’t have to worry about misplacing it.
- Wear a mask to the appointment.
Download and use v-Safe, an app that helps you report any reactions you are having to the vaccine. Learn more: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html
Vaccine and People with Disabilities
Fairfax follows guidance from the Virginia Department of Health regarding who can be scheduled to receive the vaccine during each phase. There is no category specifically for people with disabilities. Recently Virginia’s Governor Northam included “People Ages 16-64 with High-Risk Medical Conditions or Disability that Increases their Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19,” into Phase 1b to provide vaccine access for this specific group. It is likely that people with disabilities will fall under various subgroups.
Fairfax County will ensure that the vaccine is accessible to everyone when it is their turn. If you need any accommodations to receive your vaccine you can notify your vaccine provider when you make your appointment.
Health and Safety Measures
Even after you are vaccinated, you must continue to follow health and safety protocol. 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.” Please continue to practice health and safety measures:
- Wash your hands.
- Wear face coverings.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Maintain 6 feet social distance.
- Stay home when sick.