COVID-19 Vaccines

Hampton-Peninsula Health District distributes COVID-19 vaccines

AS OF 4/14/2021 THE PENINSULA HEALTH DISTRICT’S CURRENT PHASE: 2

Interested in receiving the vaccine? Go to vaccines.gov to find and schedule a vaccine appointment near you!

Across the Greater Peninsula, your local health district is working hard to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines in an equitable and timely fashion. If you have questions about the safety, efficacy, or timing of the vaccines, please contact the health district in which you live and work. Whether you are in Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, James City County, Poquoson, or York County, we can connect you to the resources you need to make an informed decision about vaccination.

Get the facts about the vaccine: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/


Virginia COVID Information Center

1-877-VAX-IN-VA • 8am-8pm
1-877-829-4682

If you have any questions or need assistance, you may call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you provided a phone number when you pre-registered, a representative can update your record for you over the phone. Service is available immediately in English and Spanish, with real-time interpreter services available in any of more than 100 languages as needed. TTY users may call 7-1-1.


Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment

There are multiple avenues to schedule and receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

  1. Your healthcare provider- contact your healthcare provider and ask if they are providing COVID-19 vaccines.
  2. Your local pharmacy- most local pharmacies and grocery stores are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. A community vaccination event. You can learn about community vaccination events by following the Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts’ Facebook page, as well as Riverside, Sentara, and other major health systems’ social media accounts.
  4. The Sherwood CVC- Hampton Peninsula CVC is located at 13785 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA in the former Ferguson Building in the Sherwood Shopping Center. The CVC operates Monday through Saturday from 10AM- 8PM. with the last appointment at 7:30PM. Vaccinations for children 5-11 are by appointment only. Appointments can be made on line at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).
  5. The Hampton & Peninsula Health District- We offer Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J (both 18+), Monday-Thursday, 8:30AM-3:30PM. You can call 757-594-8482 to make an appointment, or you can walk-in!
  6. If you don’t want to schedule your vaccine at any of these locations, you can go to vaccines.gov to find a vaccine near you:
    1. Go to vaccines.gov and enter your zip code. All locations offering a COVID-19 vaccine will populate your dashboard.
    2. Select a clinic with available vaccine, and check appointment availability.
    3. Follow the clinic instructions, and schedule your appointment.
    4. Arrive no earlier than 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time, and bring a photo ID if you have one.
    5. Continue to check your locality and our own social media pages, as we will occasionally share clinic links to schedule appointments on our Facebook page.

FAQ

Who is eligible for a booster dose at Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts?

  • For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
    • 65 years and older
    • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
    • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
    • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
  • For those who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for people 18 and older, and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

What vaccines do you offer at Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts?

  • Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts offer the following vaccines and doses, as permitted by the CDC.
    • Moderna – 1st dose, 2nd dose, 3rd dose for immunocompromised patients, booster dose
    • Pfizer – 1st dose, 2nd dose, 3rd dose for immunocompromised patients, booster dose
    • J&J – 1st dose (single shot), booster dose
    • Please call 757-594-8482 to schedule your vaccine today!

Are you offering testing at the Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts?

What if I lost my vaccine card?

  • Use the Self-Service Portal to access your Vaccination RecordSearch for your COVID-19 vaccine record at Vaccination Record Request Portal. Once you have accessed your record, it can be saved, printed, or downloaded as a PDF. Your vaccination record will only show COVID-19 immunizations.
    If you received vaccines out of state or if a federal agency administered your vaccines, they will not show up in this self-serve portal.
    This portal is not a “vaccine passport” but serves as a way to prove you were vaccinated for COVID-19.
    For additional questions, email the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) help desk at vaccinerecord@vdh.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA.

When am I considered fully vaccinated?

  • In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ± 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

What can I do once I am fully vaccinated?

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
    If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
    You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
    People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.

Any other questions are likely answered by VDH’s FAQ: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-faq/vaccination/


Vaccine Info

  • Vaccine Administration Prioritization
    • Virginia is using a phased approach when administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Virginia is currently in Phases 2. Anyone 16 years and older who lives in Virginia is eligible for a FREE COVID-19 vaccine. People who are eligible in Phases 1a-1c will still continue to be prioritized. It may take some time for an appointment to become available near you.
    •  To find an appointment, visit vaccine.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).
    •  At vaccine.gov, you can access the CDC’s VaccineFinder website, which allows you to search the map-based site for appointments at Community Vaccination Centers, local health districts, pharmacies, and hospitals near you.
    • The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. Vaccines must meet the highest standards of safety and have minimal side effects because they generally are given to healthy people to prevent disease. Vaccines undergo strict regulatory control by the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration.
    • VDH shares the goal of ensuring safe vaccines and has the health and safety of all Virginians as its number one priority. VDH works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the recommendations the agency follows about vaccines are of sound science.

Variant COVID-19 Strains

  • Multiple variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 have been documented in the U.S. and globally during this pandemic. There are currently five variants that public health agencies find concerning because they spread more easily, may cause more severe disease, or might affect treatments, vaccines, or diagnostic tests. These are called Variants of Concern.
  • The B.1.1.7 variant first emerged in the United Kingdom in the fall of 2020. Recent evidence shows that this variant may be associated with an increased risk of death compared with other variants. B.1.1.7 also appears to spread more easily and quickly than other variants. Cases of B.1.1.7 have been detected in multiple U.S. states, including Virginia.
  • In October 2020, another variant called B.1.351 first emerged in South Africa. Infections caused by this variant were reported in the U.S. at the end of January 2021, and the first case of B.1.351 in Virginia was announced on February 5.
  • In Brazil, a variant called P.1 emerged. This variant contains a set of additional mutations, or changes in the virus, that may affect its ability to be recognized by antibodies. This variant has been detected in multiple U.S. states, including Virginia.
  • Two new variants, B.1.427 and B.1.429, both first detected in California, have been added to CDC’s list of Variants of Concern. Both variants have been associated with about 20% increased risk of COVID-19 spread. On March 25, the first cases of B.1.427 and B.1.429 were announced in Virginia.
  • With the threat of these new variants, it is more important than ever that Virginians follow  prevention measures to keep everyone healthy and safe. This means wearing masks over your mouth and nose, staying at least six feet from others you do not live with, avoiding crowds, washing hands often, getting vaccinated for COVID-19 when it is your turn, and staying home if you are infected with COVID-19 or if you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 has changed the way everyone works, lives, and plays in different ways, and it is understandable that everyone is tired of the pandemic. However, it is important to continue to do these prevention measures now to keep the pandemic from going on longer.