RCAHD COVID-19 VACCINE

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE:
  • Click here to visit the new Statewide Vaccine Pre-Registration System or go to: vaccinate.virginia.gov
  • If you already submitted vaccine interest through a RCAHD survey, you do not need to register again.
  • All individuals who have previously filled out a RCAHD survey will be automatically imported into the new statewide system. Individuals will maintain their current status in the queue, and will be able to search that they are in the new system.
  • Questions about how to register? Call the VA State hotline: 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) open daily from 8am-8pm.

RCAHD is working diligently on COVID-19 vaccination plans for the district.  Vaccines will be made available to the various populations identified in the phased distribution plans established by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  RCAHD is currently in Phase 1a and in the first round of Phase 1b.

The current priority groups are health care workers, residents age 65 and up, and the first three populations of essential workers, which include Police, Fire, and Hazmat, Corrections and homeless shelter workers, and Licensed Childcare Staff/PreK-12 Teachers/Staff (public and private).

Because there is not sufficient supply at this time to vaccinate everyone in Phase 1b at the same time, local health districts will reach out to engage the Frontline Essential Worker groups in vaccination planning in the following order (groups in bold are current priorities):

  • Police, Fire, and Hazmat,
  • Corrections and homeless shelter workers,
  • Childcare/PreK-12 Teachers/Staff,
  • Food and Agriculture (including veterinarians),
  • Manufacturing,
  • Grocery store workers,
  • Public transit workers,
  • Mail carriers (USPS and private),
  • Officials needed to maintain continuity of government (including judges and public-facing judicial workers)

Vaccine availability is dependent on supply and eligibility.

    1. You must have an appointment to receive a vaccine. No walk-ins will be accepted.
    2. Appointments are extremely limited.
    3. Please do not sign up more than once. When you sign up multiple times it does not increase your chance of getting a vaccine.
    4. Determine your eligibility by using the VDH Vaccination Eligibility guide.

    People ages 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions and individuals 65-74 years old can pre-register by clicking here to visit the new Statewide Vaccine Pre-Registration System.  RCAHD will let you know when clinics are available for your age group. Based on current supply, it may be several months before we can offer vaccination clinics to individuals 16-64 years old.

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Second Dose Appointments - in most cases, you will schedule your second dose appointment after receiving your first injection. Everyone should receive two doses of vaccine in order to have maximum protection against the virus.

  • Pfizer Second Dose: 21 days after the first dose
  • Moderna Second Dose: 28 days after the first dose

NOTE: there is no known loss of efficacy as long as the second dose is received within six weeks of receiving the first dose.

Virginians who do not fall into these early priority categories will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when it is more widely available. Once the vaccine is rolled out to the general public, we expect that getting a vaccine will be similar to the availability of getting a flu shot.

How can I sign up without internet access, email, or a computer?

Call the Virginia State Hotline: 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) open daily from 8am-8pm.

What are the potential side effects of the vaccine?

Because COVID-19 vaccines are so new, information on long term side-effects is still incomplete.

However, while we do not yet know all of the side effects of COVID-19 vaccination, some people in the trials have had arm pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, or other body aches and some had a fever for a few days. These expected side effects are more common in younger people than older people and more common after the 2nd vaccine dose than after the first dose. This short-term discomfort is the effect of your body developing immunity, and is normal. This discomfort does not mean that the vaccine has given you COVID-19. Even if you experience discomfort after the first dose of the vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose a few weeks later for the vaccine to be effective.

On the other hand, it is possible that a few COVID-19 vaccine recipients may already be getting infected with COVID-19 at the time they get the vaccine but are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection. If they later have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for it soon after vaccination, that does not mean they got COVID-19 from the vaccine.

When can I receive a second dose of the vaccine?

In most cases, you will schedule your second dose appointment after receiving your first injection. Everyone should receive two doses of vaccine in order to have maximum protection against the virus.

  • Pfizer Second Dose: 21 days after the first dose
  • Moderna Second Dose: 28 days after the first dose

NOTE: there is no known loss of efficacy as long as the second dose is received within six weeks of receiving the first dose.

Is the vaccine available from Local Pharmacies?

In the coming weeks, vaccines may become available at selected local pharmacy locations in our region. Please follow local media for more information as it becomes available.

Is the vaccine available from Doctor Offices or Medical Providers?

Doctor offices and other medical providers may have vaccines available in the near future. Please consult your medical provider for more information as it becomes available.

More Frequently Asked Questions at VDH.gov

For more Frequently Asked Questions and answers, visit the VDH Vaccination FAQ.