Everyone in Virginia 12 or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine. This guide will provide you with websites and phone numbers that can help you sign up for your shot and give information on the vaccines available in Virginia.
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- If you choose the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will only need one dose.
- If you choose the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you should get your second dose approximately 21 days after your first dose.
- If you choose the Moderna vaccine, you should get your second dose approximately 28 days after your first dose.
- You can get your second dose at any clinic that offers the same brand as your first dose.
- If necessary, your second dose can be up to 42 days after your first dose.
Mary Washington Healthcare has its own portal that provides a similar questionnaire to the Vaccinate Virginia site. You may also get the vaccine through CVS or Walgreens. Find vaccines nationwide through here.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more here, opens a new window about the vaccine for children and teens.
Information on the Different Types of COVID Vaccines
There are three vaccines currently cleared for use in Virginia. They are the Pfizer-BioNTtech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Which one you will receive is based on what is available on a given day. There isn’t a way to choose which vaccine you’ll get. Pfizer and Moderna are both mRNA vaccines, a new technology that has been developed to fight the COVID virus. According to Johns Hopkins, you cannot get COVID from a COVID vaccine, and the CDC states that mRNA vaccines will not alter your DNA or change you in any way.
These are both two-shot vaccines, and you will typically get your second shot scheduled in the clinic after your first shot. You will need both of either shot to be vaccinated against COVID. You may experience side effects (especially after your second shot) for several hours to a day after your shot, but these will typically not last long and are a sign that the vaccine is working within your body. You may find it useful to take a day off work following your shot, particularly your second shot, so you won’t have to deal with the side effects while in your workplace. The Moderna vaccine is cleared for people 18 and older, with possible side effects listed here; the Pfizer vaccine is cleared for people 16 and older, with possible side effects listed here. If you have questions about either vaccine, please check with your doctor.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is different from the other two. It is a viral vector vaccine, a slightly older technology than mRNA vaccines. Viral vector vaccines use a highly modified virus to deliver an antigen to another infectious agent. According to the CDC, you cannot get infected by either COVID or the other virus by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The single biggest advantage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is that it is a single-shot vaccine; once you have received your Johnson & Johnson shot, you will not need another appointment. Use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was suspended for several days due to reports of extremely rare blood clots that typically occurred in women under age 50, but it was reauthorized because the chance of these side effects is “very low,” according to the CDC. If you have further questions or concerns about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please talk to your doctor.
Please be aware that CRRL cannot provide personal medical advice and can provide general information only. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.