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COVID-19 vaccine: What you need to know

We are currently vaccinating eligible patients and parents/caregivers.

We are committed to vaccinating as many eligible patients and parents/caregivers as possible, as supply permits.

At this time we are only administering the Pfizer vaccine since it can be given to people as young as 16.

We know our families are eager to access the vaccine. In order to streamline our processes, please do not call about COVID-19 vaccine appointments. We will call or text eligible patients and parents/caregivers to schedule appointments.

Children under 16

Status: Currently, there are no COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in children under the age of 16. Children’s immune systems are different from adults and their immune systems can even vary at different ages, so more research is needed to ensure the vaccine will be safe and effective for infants, kids and teens younger than 16.

If you are a parent or caregiver of a child under 16 and are interested in receiving the vaccine, click here to pre-enroll for future COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

What you can do now: Continue following current COVID-19 prevention measures – wear a mask (age 2+), frequent handwashing and social distancing. Self-quarantine at home if you or anyone in your family is sick to avoid potentially spreading the virus. It’s also important to keep up with routine vaccinations and medical care to help everyone stay healthy.

Teens and young adults: 16-24

Status: At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for ages 16 and up, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and Moderna vaccine is authorized for ages 18 and up.

 

What you can do now: We will reach out to patients who qualify to schedule an appointment. If you are a patient, and their parent or caregiver, pre-enroll for our vaccine clinics.

Adults 24+ with special needs

Status: We are committed to offering the vaccine to patients and their caregivers. We will contact patients who have been seen within the last three years to make a vaccination appointment if you qualify under the state’s guidelines and we have the vaccine.

What can you do now: We will reach out to patients who qualify to schedule an appointment. There is nothing you need to do prior to hearing from us.

If you are a parent or caregiver of a child under 16, you are eligible to pre-enroll for our vaccine clinics here.

For additional information go to vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA. You can also subscribe to receive the latest COVID-19 vaccine information from our health system.

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“The pandemic has been difficult for all families, with marginalized and families of color being notably impacted. As a social worker, I’ve encouraged families and helped them navigate the challenges to meet their basic needs. Although I was initially hesitant, I chose to be vaccinated to protect myself, my family and to do my part to help get this virus under control.”

- Alethia Watford, licensed clinical social worker

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Are you planning on getting your child vaccinated?

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If you have a teenager or young adult (ages 16+), they are eligible for vaccination. If you are a patient, you can pre-enroll for vaccine clinics here and we will contact you to schedule an appointment! If you are a member of the community, please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov.

We encourage you to check our website frequently or sign up to receive COVID-19 vaccine information.

Do you have questions about the vaccine? Ask an expert

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We know this is a stressful time for our families. Visit the COVID-19 updates and information page for appointment guidelines,
virtual visits, and other COVID-19 resources to help you and your family. Thank you for following these guidelines to help
us lessen the impact of COVID-19 in our community.

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