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Testing Information:

NEW Covid-19 Self-test results Reporting Portal available

Individuals who live, work or have been exposed to Covid-19 in Virginia Beach can now report self-test results and request a call from Virginia Beach Department of Public Health for information or guidance. Reporting is completely voluntary and only those wishing a call back are asked to provide a name and contact phone number or email address.   To report your home test results, visit the Self-test Reporting Portal, here.  The portal allows for additional information to be provided to those who request it, and the information collected is used to monitor and to deploy mitigation strategies to reduce the spread.

Testing Available at Virginia Beach Department of Public Health office at 4452 Corporation Lane     Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For testing appointments click this link or call 877-vax-in-va (877-829-4682).  When you arrive for your appointment, please remain in your car and call 757-518-2647 to let the staff know you have arrived.

Test Results: The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) can only provide results on tests completed at one of our clinics or community testing events.  If you were tested by VBDPH you would have received specific instructions and a phone number to call for results.   If you received your test at a doctor's office, urgent care, pharmacy, or other testing facility, please call that office with questions or to receive your results.

FREE At-home tests:

(May 2022) - U.S. households can now request an additional eight FREE at-home tests to be shipped by the U.S. Postal Service.  Visit: www.covidtests.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).  Search for additional testing locations here.

 

Vaccination Information

VBDPH also partners with various organizations to offer Covid-19 Community Vaccination events.  For a list of upcoming local VBDPH vaccination clinics, click here.   Search for other vaccination clinics here

Pfizer Vaccines for Ages 5 to 11 years old:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5–11 years.  There are many options for children 5-11 to receive the Pfizer vaccine, including pediatrician and family practice offices, retail pharmacies, federally qualified health centers (FQHC), and Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs).   To look for an appointment, check with your child’s healthcare provider to see if they are providing COVID-19 vaccines for this age group, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov, or call 877- VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). 

Many healthcare providers have vaccines, but some do not. You can find other locations such as retail pharmacies, community events, and community vaccination centers at vaccinate.virginia.gov.

QUARANTINE vs. ISOLATION:

Despite being used interchangeably, quarantine and isolation have two different meanings.

Quarantine refers to staying at home if you only think you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus—for example, if you are a close contact of a confirmed case. It’s a precaution in case an infection manifests.

Isolation refers to staying at home and separated from family members because you know you’re infected, usually because of a positive test result.

Calculating Isolation:  To calculate your five-day isolation period, day zero is your first day of symptoms. Day one is the first full day after your symptoms develop. For example, if your symptoms started Jan. 4, you are able to end isolation Jan. 10 as long as you are no longer exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

If you received a positive COVID-19 result but are asymptomatic, the isolation period starts from the day after the COVID-19 test was taken.  After isolation, it is recommended everyone continue to wear a mask indoors and outdoors to reduce spread of the virus.

Isolation and Quarantine Release Letters: If you have been assigned a Case Investigator or a Contact Tracer through VBDPH please communicate with that person to receive a letter.
Otherwise, please contact the location where you received your test.

Booster Information

The Covid-19 vaccination is now available to anyone 5 and older.  Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for individuals aged 5-17. The Moderna and the J&J/Janssen vaccines are only approved for ages 18 and up. 

The CDC expanded eligibility of COVID-19 Boosters for Children 5–11 Years of Age and strengthened its recommendation for second COVID-19 boosters for the eligible population. COVID-19 Vaccine Providers may immediately start vaccinating in accordance with these recommendations.   Read more.

A second booster is now recommended by the FDA and CDC for certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine at least 4 months ago. Those who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. A consultation with your healthcare provider is recommended to decide whether or not to receive a second booster.   More information is below on protecting yourself and your family. 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has adopted the following recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.
  • Adults ages 50 years and older who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.
  • Adults ages 18–49 years who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first Janssen booster dose.
    • If the adult is ages 18-49 and received a J&J primary dose and an mRNA booster, no 2nd booster is currently recommended.
    • If the adult is ages 50+ and received a J&J primary dose and an mRNA booster, they can receive a 2nd mRNA booster 4 months after the previous booster dose.

Variants

Viruses constantly change through mutation. A variant has one or more mutations that sets it apart from other variants in circulation. Variants are expected. The more the COVID-19 virus circulates, the greater the chances that new mutations or variants can develop. A variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is considered to be concerning when it increases the risk to human health. The risk to human health could be because a variant may be able to:

  • Spread more easily.
  • Cause more severe illness.
  • Escape the immune protection provided by available COVID-19 vaccines or by natural infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Make viral tests less accurate.
  • Make some treatments less effective.

*There are currently two variants of concern in the United States. These are Omicron and Delta.

For more information on variants visit the Virginia Department of Health Variants Dashboard or the CDC’s website:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant.html