March 17, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

I'm glad to inform you that beginning today, Wednesday, March 17, individuals who live in or work in the Fairfax Health District and fall into the following categories are now eligible to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

-Food and Agriculture
-Grocery Store Workers

The Health Department opened these categories because vaccine supply will be increasing over the next few weeks and they will be able to move through the current waitlist at a faster pace. Please continue reading the Advisory for additional information.

The Fairfax County Health Department expects to make the transition to 1c vaccinations by mid-April -- meeting President Joe Biden's deadline. As many of you have heard, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recently announced that some Virginia Health Districts will begin administering Phase 1c vaccinations. While we are not there yet, the Health Department is working to make sure we get there in the upcoming weeks.
Also, on Tuesday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m., I'll be hosting the Braddock District Budget Town Hall featuring Fairfax County Chief Financial Officer, Joe Mondoro, and Braddock School Board Member Megan McLaughlin. We will discuss and answer constituent questions on the County’s proposed FY 2022 budget. I hope to see you there.

Continue Reading for More Information on:

  • Registration Now Open for Three More 1b Essential Worker Groups
  • Braddock District Budget Town Hall
  • Applying for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program For Your Tenants
  • Bike Lane Updates
  • Vaccine Registration Available En Español
  • Upcoming Teen Job Fair
Yours in service,
Supervisor James Walkinshaw
Registration Now Open for Three More 1b Essential Worker Groups
Beginning today, March 17, individuals who live or work the Fairfax Health District that fall into the following categories are now eligible to register to get a COVID-19 vaccine:

-Food and Agriculture
-Grocery Store Workers

These are the next three priority groups of frontline essential workers in Phase 1b as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. They are now accepting registrations for the first six categories on this list:

Currently Eligible:
1) Police, fire, and hazmat
2) Corrections and homeless shelter workers
3) Childcare/K-12 Teachers or Staff
4) Food and Agriculture
5) Manufacturing
6) Grocery store workers

Up Next:
7) Public transit workers
8) Mail carriers (USPS and private)
9) Officials needed to maintain continuity of government
10) Clergy/Faith leaders
11) Janitorial/Cleaning staff

Employees should be prepared to show some form of work-related identification or paystub as the vaccine appointment could be offered by one of our vaccine partners that may require ID.

As a reminder, Fairfax County is not participating in the statewide registration system at this time. You should register on the County website.

Learn more or register today.
Braddock District Budget Town Hall
Supervisor James Walkinshaw invites you to join the Braddock District Budget Town Hall on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Supervisor Walkinshaw, Fairfax County's Chief Financial Officer, Joe Mondoro, and Braddock School Board Member Megan McLaughlin will discuss and answer constituent questions on the County’s proposed FY 2022 budget. The proposed budget was recently presented to the Board of Supervisors by County Executive Bryan Hill. The town hall will be televised on Channel 16, (Verizon/Comcast Channel 16; COX Channel 1016 ) and will be live streamed both on Channel 16’s website and Supervisor Walkinshaw’s Facebook Profile.

Residents are encouraged to send questions before the program to Participants can also submit question via Supervisor Walkinshaw’s Facebook Live comments section or by calling Channel 16’s live phone line at (703) 324 – 1114 during the event.

A video recording will be available on Supervisor Walkinshaw’s YouTube Channel and an audio-only recording will be available on Soundcloud after the program. Both of these social media platforms are free to use and you do not need to have an account to use them.
Fairfax County Landlords: Apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program For Your Tenants
Funds are now available for Fairfax County landlords seeking rental assistance on behalf of their tenants. A new Landlord Portal, which launched recently, is connected to the efforts of the Evictions Taskforce and will provide landlords a front door to access the Emergency Rental Assistance funds.

To be eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, tenants must meet three criteria:

1) They must be experiencing income loss as a result of COVID-19.
2) The monthly rent for the property must not exceed 150% of the Fair Market Rent (FMR) value. In Fairfax County, that means the rent can not be more than the values below:
3) The annual household income of the tenants must not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In Fairfax County, that means the household income can not be more than the values below:
If your tenants meet these criteria, apply now through the Landlord Portal. For more details, the eligibility and application process provides instructions to access the portal, information needed to complete requests, FAQs and specific instructions to create rent assistance requests. You can also contact staff at (703) 324-5580 or with questions.
Bike Lane Updates
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) held virtual public meeting on proposed paving and restriping changes in the Braddock District on Thursday, March 11. Community members had the opportunity to learn about VDOT's repaving program, proposed striping changes and give feedback. Unfortunately, VDOT had a delay in their process and the state wide paving maps will not be finalized and available until mid-April. Visit the County website for more information or to view the presentation or a recording of the meeting.
FCDOT and VDOT collaborate during the repaving and restriping process to efficiently implement the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan that seeks to improve traffic safety and provide transportation options to people around the County. The 2021 paving process allows for the striping of new bike lanes. The proposed roads for new bike lane striping are:

  • Commonwealth Boulevard from Guinea Road to Sideburn Road: VDOT and FCDOT are proposing to add an eastbound bike lane. This proposal will maintain legal on-street parking on both sides of the road.
  • Government Center Parkway from Monument Drive to Waples Mill Road: VDOT and FCDOT are proposing to convert the underutilized outside travel lanes into buffered bike lanes to mitigate speeding and improve multi-modal mobility and safety.

The comment period for Braddock District paving and restriping projects closes March 25. Striping-related comments (e.g., marked parking lanes, bike lanes, crosswalks, and/or sight distance issues due to parked vehicles) can be submitted electronically to FCDOT. Please note:

  • Road maintenance related comments (e.g., drainage issues, missing signage, signal repair, walkway repair and sight distance issues due to vegetation overgrowth) should be submitted through the myVDOT portal. If you would like to request road repairs, please follow the "I need a road repaired" link on the VDOT portal or call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

Unfortunately, no additional roads can be added to the preliminary 2021 paving schedule at this point.
El formulario de registro de la vacuna COVID-19 está disponible en español
Personas en el Condado de Fairfax ahora pueden registrarse para una vacuna COVID-19 (cuando sea elegible) usando un nuevo formulario en español que ya está disponible. El formulario se puede cambiar entre inglés y español seleccionando el idioma en la parte superior derecha de la pantalla.

Cuando las personas envían formularios en español o en inglés, su lugar se conservará independientemente del formulario que se haya utilizado.

Si las personas no pueden registrarse en línea, se les pide que llamen al (703) 324-7404 para brindarles asistencia en español (a igual que en otros idiomas).

Como recordatorio, el condado de Fairfax no participa en el sistema de registro estatal en este momento. Todas las personas del Distrito de Salud de Fairfax deben registrarse con nuestro registro en línea.

Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19 en español, visite el blog en español y las redes sociales.
Upcoming Teen Job Fair
Whether you have already had your first job experience, you are looking for one, or you just want to gain job-seeking tips, the Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs are designed to help high school students connect with employers and develop experience in the workforce. Register for the event:

  • Saturday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

In addition to chatting with employers, teens will be able to join online sessions on how to create and build your resume. No matter how much or how little experience you have, this is great opportunity for all high school students.

Make sure to share this with a local teenager who is searching for a job!
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