VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response

Which COVID-19 vaccines are available in Virginia?

Vaccine brand Pfizer-BioNTech Pfizer-BioNTech

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Moderna

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Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

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Available for ages 5-11 12+ 18+ 18+
How many shots are needed? Two shots, 21-42 days apart Two shots, 21-42 days apart Two shots, 28-42 days apart One shot
When will I be fully vaccinated? 14 days after your second shot 14 days after your second shot 14 days after your second shot 14 days after you get the shot
Is an additional primary series dose recommended? Yes, 28 days after the second dose for some individuals who have a weak immune system Yes, 28 days after the second dose for some individuals who have a weak immune system Yes, 28 days after the second dose for some individuals who have a weak immune system Not at this time
Is a booster dose recommended? Not at this time At least 5 months after the primary series if you are 12+. At least 5 months after the primary series if you are 18+. Yes, at least 2 months after the first shot, if you are 18+.
Authorization status Emergency Use Authorization FDA Approved (ages 16+) Emergency Use Authorization (ages 12-15, additional doses for certain immunocompromised people ages 12+, and boosters for 12+) Emergency Use Authorization (ages 18+, additional doses for certain immunocompromised people, and boosters) Emergency Use Authorization (ages 18+ and boosters)

Vaccine Recommendations for Children and Teens

The Pfizer-BioNTech (5-11 year old) COVID-19 vaccine is now available for Virginia!

Virginia will have enough supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech (5-11 year old) vaccine for all Virginians ages 5-11. However due to the nature of vaccinating this population, we do anticipate appointments with a primary care provider may be preferred by parents and therefore may be more limited initially. There are many options for children to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (5-11 year old) vaccine, including pediatrician and family practice offices, retail pharmacies, federally qualified health centers (FQHC), and Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs).

High demand for the Pfizer-BioNTech (5-11 year old) vaccine in some parts of Virginia may make it hard to get an appointment at certain locations at first. More appointments will open up each week. Parents and guardians should check vaccinate.virginia.gov regularly to see updated appointment availability, especially if they are unable to make an appointment at their preferred location.

For more information about vaccines for children and teens, visit the CDC’s webpage about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens.

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Top Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

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Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccines

How are vaccines developed?

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. They 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

There are three types of COVID-19 vaccines

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