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When can I get Vaccinated?

Virginia is currently in phases:

  • 1a (health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities) and
  • 1b (frontline essential workers, people ages 65 and above, people ages 16 to 64 with an underlying medical condition, and more)
  • 1c (faculty, staff, wage, and graduate and undergraduate students who work for the university in some capacity
  • 2 (general population for those ages 16 and older)

For those who live in the New River Valley region, contact the New River Valley Health Department to schedule a vaccine appointment, or call the Vaccine Scheduling Center at 540-838-8222.

Those wanting to get a vaccine can also use VaccineFinder to locate vaccine opportunities near you that are being offered by pharmacies. These pharmacies are providing vaccines through a federal program that is entirely separate from the NRHD and the Virginia Department of Health.

How does the vaccine help me and others?

According to the Virginia Department of Health, the vaccine will help keep you from getting sick from COVID-19, but scientists are not yet sure if a person who has been vaccinated can still give the virus to other people, and there is limited information on how well the vaccine can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and how long a person's protection lasts. Before and after vaccination, then, each person should continue to wear masks, maintain physical distance, avoid crowds, and wash hands in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

what about side effects?

A COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.

In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Contact Schiffert Health Center, or your doctor or healthcare provider:

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours
  • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days
For more suggestions on how to monitor vaccine side effects, visit this website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.