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)
For those in phase 1c – which includes remaining faculty, staff, wage, and graduate and undergraduate students who work for the university in some capacity – a timeline is currently unknown. Continued patience and vigilance toward all public health guidelines is critical.
Students will be vaccinated with the general population after phases 1a, 1b, and 1c are completed.
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.