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.
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Community Testing Events:
All events are by appointment only!
Week of January 24, 2022
VB Health Department Office, 4452 Corporation Lane
Tuesday, January 25, 10:00am – 2:00pm Appointment Link
Thursday, January 27, 10:00am – 2:00pm Appointment Link
Testing will be conducted in the parking lot. If there is a cancellation due to weather, email notification will be sent to all registrants.
Wednesday January 26, 2022
- Kingdom Cathedral, 3820 Stoneshore Road, 3-6 p.m. Appointment Link
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Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. https://www.covidtests.gov/
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CDC has updated its guidance to reflect shortened isolation and quarantine periods for the general population. VDH is reviewing the changes and will make updates after thoroughly considering the implications on our existing guidance and on the Commonwealth.
The Omicron Variant:
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has announced that the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant has been identified in a sample from an adult resident of the Northwest Region of Virginia who had no history of international travel, but did have a history of domestic travel, during the exposure period. The Omicron variant was first identified in Botswana and South Africa in November 2021, and may spread more easily than other variants, including Delta.
There is concern that Omicron may spread even more easily from person to person, may re-infect those who have had the COVID-19 virus, and vaccines may not be as effective. There is a lot of information that we do not yet know about Omicron and studies continue to better understand it.
The Delta Variant:
The Delta variant remains the most commonly identified variant in Virginia. Delta is much more contagious than previous variants and might be associated with more severe illness.
For more information on variants visit:
The Virginia Department of Health Variants Dashboard:
And The CDC’s website:
The CDC is now recommending that all adults 16 years and older get a booster dose.
Those who received the Pfizer or Moderna 2-dose vaccine series should receive a booster shot at least six months after completing their second dose.
CDC’s previous booster dose recommendations for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine recipients remain the same: People ages 18 years and older, including those with moderately to severely compromised immune systems, who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago, should get a booster shot.
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 however it is recommended you discuss mixing doses with your primary care physician.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to work well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, including against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, we are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease – especially among certain populations.
Pfizer Vaccines for 5-to-11- year- olds:
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.
High demand for the Pfizer (5–11-year-old) vaccine may affect appointment availability but appointments will continue to be added.
Masking Studies and Information:
Virginia Department of Health(VDH) Resources:
|VDH Covid-19 Response Page||Contact Tracing|
|Covid-19 Dashboard||COVIDWise App|
|Positive COVID-19 Reporting Portal||VDH Social Gatherings, Indoor Spaces and Holidays|
|K-12 School Information||VDH Tips for Traveling|
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) Resources:
|COVID-19 Home Page||Immunocompromised Individuals|
|Possible Side Effects||Pregnancy/Breast Feeding|
|Delta Variant||Breakthrough Infections|
|Masking To Prevent Spread||Myths & Facts|
CoronaVirus Questionnaire Forms:
2020 CoronaVirus News Releases: