I have some important news to share with you as Fairfax County transitions to Phase 2 vaccine distributions. Beginning this Sunday, April 18, all county (and Town of Vienna, as well as other towns and City of Fairfax in the Fairfax Health District) residents 16 years old and older can directly schedule a vaccine appointment through VaccineFinder.org.
With this new system, Fairfax County will no longer accept registrations for the COVID-19 vaccine, effective 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 17. Everyone who is on the county Health Department's waitlist before it closes on Saturday will be contacted to schedule appointments within approximately one week. All other residents interested in obtaining a vaccine should utilize VaccineFinder.
VaccineFinder displays available doses from approved vaccine providers across the county, including the Health Department, pharmacies, hospitals and some private practices. However, clinics managed by the Health Department and some of its partners may not be listed on that site until late April or early May due to available vaccine supply and the need to finish vaccinating those on the county's Phase 1 waitlist.
Our Health Department's registration system for Phase 1 accommodated the prioritization of residents (including healthcare workers, older residents, etc.) when local health departments were the primary community vaccination sites. In Phase 2, the larger pool of community vaccination sites and providers allows the shift to this new process, providing greater flexibility and choice of where residents receive their vaccine.
Now that the entire commonwealth is in the same phase of vaccine distribution, the Fairfax County preregistration system will be retired but the state registration system will remain open after April 18 for those who meet Phase 1 eligibility criteria. Individuals in this group after April 18 can choose to schedule appointments on VaccineFinder or can register at Vaccinate Virginia if no appointments are available.
For assistance, call the state’s call center at 877-829-4682 or the Fairfax County call center at 703-324-7404. Please be aware that the first few days of the new registration system will be busy, so wait times may be longer than expected.
I encourage you to share this information with friends and neighbors who have not yet received a vaccine. The county's top priority is to get shots in arms as quickly as possible and your patience as we get through this process is much appreciated!