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WHICH COVID-19 VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE IN VIRGINIA?

Primary Vaccine Series**
The initial vaccine schedule

Ages 6 months - 4 years

Two shots 3 weeks* apart, followed by a third shot at least 8 weeks after the second dose.

Ages 5 years +

Two shots, 3 weeks* apart


Booster Dose Recommended, based on age, after completing a primary series

Ages 5 years +

Bivalent booster: At least 2 months after Pfizer primary series or monovalent booster(s)

Option-
Ages 18 years +
Novavax Monovalent booster: At least 6 months after primary series***

If immunocompromised:
Ages 5 years +

Bivalent booster: At least 2 months after the additional primary series dose or monovalent booster(s)

Primary Vaccine Series**
The initial vaccine schedule

Ages 6 months +

Two shots 4 weeks* apart.


Booster Dose Recommended, based on age, after Moderna primary series or monovalent booster(s)

Ages 6 years +

Bivalent booster: At least 2 months after Moderna primary series or monovalent booster(s)

Option-
Ages 18 years +
Novavax Monovalent booster: At least 6 months after primary series***

If immunocompromised:
Ages 6 years +

Bivalent booster: At least 2 months after the additional primary series dose or monovalent booster(s)

Primary Vaccine Series**
The initial vaccine schedule

Ages 18 years +

One shot


Booster Dose Recommended, based on age, after completing a primary series

Ages 18 years +

Bivalent booster: At least 2 months after the J&J primary dose or monovalent booster(s)

Option-
Ages 18 years +
Novavax Monovalent booster: At least 6 months after primary series***

If immunocompromised:
Bivalent booster: At least 2 months after the mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) additional dose or monovalent booster(s)

Primary Vaccine Series**
The initial vaccine schedule

Ages 12 years +

Two shots, 3 weeks* apart


Booster Dose Recommended, based on age, after completing a primary series

Ages 12 years +

Bivalent booster: At least 2 months after the Novavax primary series

Option-
Ages 18 years +
Novavax Monovalent booster: At least 6 months after primary series***

If immunocompromised:
Ages 12 years +

Bivalent booster: At least 2 months after the Novavax primary series

*Healthcare providers may recommend an extended interval of 3-8 weeks between doses of the Pfizer and Novavax vaccines and 4-8 weeks between doses of the Moderna vaccine, based on the individual's age and health conditions.

**People with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised) should get a third shot in their primary series about 4 weeks after their second shot of Pfizer (ages 5 years +) or Moderna (ages 6 months +), or 4 weeks after their first J&J shot.

***The Novavax booster is an option as a first booster only, for persons aged 18 years and older, for whom a bivalent booster is not accessible or medically appropriate, or for those who would not take a booster dose otherwise.

For the most updated recommendations about COVID-19 vaccine and boosters, visit the CDC website.

COVID-19 VACCINES FOR CHILDREN

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective at preventing severe illness and death. CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic causes significant disruptions for families and children, and vaccination can help minimize disruptions and decrease the likelihood of spreading the virus.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Top Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Have more questions? Visit our Searchable FAQs [Español] to find your answer!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINES

Every vaccine goes through the same steps to make sure it is safe and effective. The COVID-19 vaccines were developed more quickly than usual because the financial part of that process was sped up to help us fight this virus.

When bacteria or viruses enter our bodies, they attack and multiply. This invasion is called an infection. The immune system fights back to protect the body’s cells. To help train your immune system to protect you from disease, we use vaccines. Vaccines do this by:

  • Imitating an infection
  • Helping the body’s immune system
  • Teaching the body to “remember” how to fight the bacteria or virus in the future

Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccines

How are vaccines developed? [Español]

Every vaccine goes through the same steps to make sure it is safe and effective. The COVID-19 vaccines were developed more quickly than usual because the financial part of that process was sped up to help us fight this virus.

How vaccines work?

When bacteria or viruses enter our bodies, they attack and multiply. This invasion is called an infection. The immune system fights back to protect the body’s cells. To help train your immune system to protect you from disease, we use vaccines. Vaccines do this by:

  • Imitating an infection
  • Helping the body’s immune system
  • Teaching the body to “remember” how to fight the bacteria or virus in the future

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