RCAHD COVID-19 Vaccine

 

To view eligibility for third doses or boosters, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section below.

To view upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinic opportunities, click here and enter your zip code or see below for opportunities:

Saturday, October 23 from 10am-1pm - Celebrate! Hurt Park Community Day (Hurt Park Elem. - 1525 Salem Ave SW, Roanoke VA 24016) - Pfizer & J&J

Tuesday, October 26 from 1:15-4:15pm - Craig County Health Dept (161 Main St, New Castle VA 24127) - Pfizer, Moderna & J&J

Thursday, October 28 from 9am-4pm - Alleghany County/Covington Health Dept (321 East Beech St, Covington VA 24426) - Pfizer, Moderna & J&J

Thursday, October 28 from 2-6pm - Fincastle Baptist Church (7330 Roanoke Road, Fincastle VA 24090) - Pfizer, Moderna & J&J

Friday, October 29 from 6:30-8pm - Salem High School Football Game (1002 Texas Street, Salem VA 24153) - Pfizer & J&J 

Saturday, October 30 from 11am-2pm - Health & Wellness Fall Festival (High Street Baptist Church: 2302 Florida Ave NW, Roanoke VA 24017) - Pfizer & J&J

Saturday, October 30 from 4-6pm - Northwest Faith Partnership/Fall Festival (2105 Carroll Ave NW Roanoke VA 24017) - Pfizer & J&J 

Tuesday, November 2 from 2-4pm - Williamson Road Library (3837 Williamson Road Roanoke VA 24012) - Pfizer & Moderna

Tuesday, November 2 from 4-6pm - Mason's Cove Elementary - Voting & Vaccines - (3370 Bradshaw Rd Salem VA 24153) - Pfizer & J&J

Wednesday, November 3 from 10am-12pm - Main Street Baptist Church (920 Main Street Clifton Forge VA 24422) - Pfizer & J&J

Wednesday, November 3 from 4-6pm - McDonald's Covington (100 Mall Road, Covington, VA 24426) - Pfizer & J&J

Thursday, November 4 from 11am-1pm - Raleigh Court Library (2112 Grandin Road Southwest Roanoke VA 24015) - Pfizer & Moderna

Thursday, November 4 from 4-6pm - Salem Family YMCA (1126 Kime Ln, Salem, VA 24153) - registration coming soon

Friday, November 5 from 1-3pm - McDonald's Lakeside location (101 South Electric Rd Salem VA 24153) - Pfizer & J&J

Saturday, November 6 - Mt. Zion AME (2128 Melrose Avenue Northwest Roanoke VA 24017) - Pfizer & J&J

Tuesday, November 9 from 10am-1pm - Main Library (706 S Jefferson St Roanoke VA 24016) - Pfizer & Moderna

Friday, November 12 from 2-4pm - Gainsboro Library (15 Patton Avenue Roanoke VA 24016) - Pfizer & Moderna

Saturday, November 13 from 10am-1pm - Greater Prayer Temple Gospel Block Party (2620 Cove Rd, Roanoke VA 24017) - Pfizer & J&J

Tuesday, November 16 from 10am-12pm - Hill Street Baptist Church (111 Madison Avenue Northwest Roanoke VA 24016) - Pfizer & J&J

Wednesday, November 17 from 10am-12pm - Melrose Library (2502 Melrose Avenue Northwest Roanoke VA 24017) - Pfizer & Moderna

Thursday, November 18th from 1pm-3pm - McDonald's Orange Avenue (3402 Orange Avenue NE, Roanoke VA 24012) - Pfizer, Moderna, & J&J

Friday, November 19 from 4-6pm - Botetourt Family YMCA (115 Shenandoah Ave, Daleville VA 24083) - Pfizer, Moderna, & J&J

To view eligibility for third doses or boosters, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section below.

Pfizer is approved for ages 12+. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for ages 18+. If 12 or older, a parent must accompany the minor at the appointment. The Virginia Department of Health does not endorse one COVID-19 vaccine over another. We encourage everyone to take the first vaccine available. If you received Pfizer, your second dose should be at least 21 days after your first dose. If you received Moderna, your second dose should be at least 28 days after your first dose.

Who can get a booster vaccine?

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:

For individuals who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Who is eligible to receive a third dose vaccine?

A third dose of mRNA vaccine- Pfizer or Moderna- has now been approved for those individuals who are moderately and severely immunocompromised. (Technically, these vaccines are not "boosters" because individuals who are moderately or severely compromised may not be able to develop a good response to the first two doses.)
Third doses are intended to further build additional protection from COVID for people with immune system complications. Only individuals who currently meet any of the following criteria should consider a third dose:
  • Those receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood,
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system,
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome),
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection,
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
Only about 3% of the U.S. population is believed to have a condition that might require a third dose. Talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate. You should wait at least 28 days after receiving the second mRNA vaccine dose before receiving the third dose.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are the only mRNA vaccines on the U.S. market; the FDA has not recommended additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.

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.

How can I receive a vaccine if I am homebound?

Homebound residents in Alleghany, Botetourt, Covington, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem: If you or a loved one is unable to leave your house due to significant mobility challenges, call our hotline between 9am-4pm Monday to Friday to request an in-home delivery of vaccine. 540-613-6597

Is the vaccine available from Local Pharmacies, Doctor Offices, or Medical Providers?

To search for all COVID-19 vaccine availability, visit www.vaccines.gov. This website helps you find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.

More Frequently Asked Questions at VDH.gov

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