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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

What you should know about the COVID-19 Vaccination

At this time, two COVID-19 vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine, have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and recommended by CDC. Virginia Hospital Center is following guidelines from CDC and the Virginia Department of Health regarding the phased distribution of the vaccine. We will continue to follow those guidelines and update information on this page as supplies increase and distribution expands.

Vaccine Availability

At this time, we are in Phase 1 of Virginia’s vaccine distribution plan, and are scheduling vaccinations for:

  • Healthcare providers/physicians and staff
  • People over the age of 75

Virginia Hospital Center does not have a community vaccine clinic located on the Hospital's campus. Our community vaccine clinic is located at Walter Reed Community Center and you must schedule an appointment online.  If you are a healthcare worker or a person over the age of 75, you can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination online now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vaccine Distribution and Availability

Who is being vaccinated first?

Virginia Hospital Center is following the guidance of the Virginia Department of Health on the phased distribution of the vaccine. Certain groups will get the vaccine first based on their higher risks for COVID-19. The first vaccines are going to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities in Phase 1a. The next priority group, Phase 1b, includes frontline essential workers, people aged 75 years and older, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps. Then, other essential workers, people aged 65-74 years, and people aged 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions or disabilities that increase their risk for severe illness from COVID-19, are the next priority group in Phase 1c. Virginians who do not fall into priority categories will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when it is more widely available. Children will be offered vaccines only after the vaccine is tested and authorized by FDA for use in children. At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for people aged 16 and older, and the Moderna vaccine is authorized for people aged 18 and older. Virginia is currently in Phase 1b, and VHC’s community vaccine clinic is currently offering the vaccine to healthcare workers and those over the age of 75.

Source: Virginia Department of Health

Why are only certain people eligible to receive the vaccine?

As a limited number of vaccines are available, the Virginia Department of Health has identified a plan to distribute vaccines to those who are most at risk before making them available to the general population.

Is VHC offering vaccinations to patients and others in the community?

There are no community vaccine clinics located at Virginia Hospital Center's main campus. VHC is following the guidance of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

VHC’s community vaccine clinic is located at Walter Reed Community Center and is providing vaccinations to those individuals in the community who meet the criteria of the VDH’s Phase 1a category of a healthcare provider or people who are over the age of 75.

VHC Physician Group’s vaccine clinic is providing vaccines to VHC Physician Group patients who are part of Phase 1a and Phase 1b groups. Visit VHC Physician Group’s website for more information.

Can I get vaccinated at Virginia Hospital Center?

Virginia Hospital Center does not have a community vaccine clinic on the Hospital campus. The community vaccine clinic is located at the Walter Reed Community Center, and you must schedule an appointment online. We do not accept walk-ins at the community vaccine clinic.

Am I able to schedule for a COVID vaccine at Virginia Hospital Center?

Vaccine scheduling is only available online. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins at the Hospital.


Scheduling Questions

Do I meet the criteria to schedule an appointment at VHC’s community vaccine clinic?

At this time, you can schedule an appointment for a vaccine at VHC’s community vaccine clinic if you are:

  • Over the age of 75

  • A healthcare worker

Arlington County and other parts of Northern Virginia have just entered Phase 1b of the distribution plan, which includes healthcare workers, essential personnel, and individuals over the age of 75. If you an essential worker in Phase 1b, coordinate with your employer to pre-register the organization on Arlington County’s website.

I am a patient of the VHC Physician Group. Where can I schedule my vaccine?

VHC Physician Group patients who are part of Phase 1a and Phase 1b groups can schedule their appointments online on the VHC Physician Group’s website.

How do I schedule an appointment at VHC’s community vaccine clinic?

If you are a healthcare worker or a person over the age of 75, you can schedule your appointment online on VHC’s vaccine scheduling page.

I am an essential worker in Phase 1b. Can I schedule my appointment at VHC’s community vaccine clinic?

We are only scheduling appointments for Phase 1a and people 75 and older. If you an essential worker in Phase 1b, coordinate with your employer to pre-register the organization on Arlington County’s website.

I don’t meet the criteria to schedule a vaccine at this time. When can I get my vaccine?

VHC is following VDH’s guidelines for vaccine distribution. When the criteria changes, please check the VHC website for more information about community vaccine clinics. If you don’t meet the criteria to schedule at this time, please visit Arlington County’s website to pre-register.

Can I schedule an appointment if I am not an Arlington County resident?

Yes. However, if you are not an Arlington County resident, we ask that you check with your local health district about the availability of vaccines in your area.

What happens if I don’t meet the criteria but I have already scheduled my appointment?

We have allocated vaccine supply each week based on the number of scheduled appointments.

If your appointment is this week and you are not a healthcare worker or over the age of 75, please arrive at your appointment as scheduled.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, or you have determined you do not currently meet the criteria, you may cancel your appointment by emailing vaccinecancel@virginiahospitalcenter.com with:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Date and time of appointment

If you have an active MyVHC account, you can cancel your appointment by clicking “Visits”, selecting your appointment, then clicking “Cancel Appointment”

How do I cancel my appointment?

You can cancel your appointment by emailing vaccinecancel@virginiahospitalcenter.com with:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Date and time of appointment

If you have an active MyVHC account, you can cancel your appointment by clicking “Visits”, selecting your appointment, then clicking “Cancel Appointment”

What do I do if there are no available appointments?

We are scheduling appointments based on the supply of vaccines we are receiving. Due to high demand, our scheduling system may not be displaying any available appointments. Future appointments will open as we receive more vaccines. Please check the website later.

Is there a wait list for those individuals who are not able to schedule an appointment at this time?

At this time there is no wait list. We are adding appointments as we receive additional vaccines or get cancelations, and we recommend checking our website at a later time for appointment availability.

How do I know if my appointment is confirmed?

After scheduling your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation that includes important information about your appointment. You will also receive text messages, to the phone number you provided, with reminders of your upcoming appointment.

When do I schedule my second dose of the vaccine?

Your appointment for the second dose will be scheduled while you are at the clinic to receive your first vaccine

I got my 1st dose of the vaccine at another facility. Can I schedule an appointment at VHC for my 2nd dose?

No. Individuals must return to their original vaccination site to ensure they receive the dose from the correct manufacturer (Pfizer or Moderna) at the appropriate time. Vaccine inventory is allocated to each provider based on the first dose and ensures appropriate inventory for the second dose.

Can I schedule an appointment for someone else?

Yes. Please be sure to enter patient information for the person that is being scheduled, and not yourself.

I heard VHC has extra doses of the vaccine.

We do not have any extra doses of the vaccine. We have allocated vaccine supply each week based on the number of scheduled appointments, and we are administering all of the vaccines we receive.


Appointment Questions

Is this free? Do I need insurance?

The vaccine itself is free however there is a charge for administering the vaccination. Medicare and insurance companies have been directed to cover this administration fee with no balance due from the patient. Patients who have no insurance, including Arlington Free Clinic patients, will have their bills submitted to a Federally funded program that will pay this administration fee at no cost to the patient. 


I lost the card that documents my vaccine. What do I do?

The information on your vaccination card is part of the state’s database. We recommend taking a photo of your vaccination card when you receive it at your appointment. If you have lost your vaccination card, your Primary Care Physician will have access to the database and will be able to get the information for you.


Medical Information

What vaccines are available?

Two COVID-19 vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine are available.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes, the vaccine is safe. There are over 70,000 people who participated in the clinical trials, and hundreds of thousands of people have been given the vaccine worldwide so far. The risk of getting COVID far outweighs the risk of the vaccine.

Can I get COVID from these vaccines?

No. The vaccine does not contain live virus, and there is no chance of getting COVID-19 from the vaccine.

How many shots/doses are needed?

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine require two doses. The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose 21 days after the first vaccine, and the Moderna vaccine requires a second dose 28 days after the first vaccine.

Are the new vaccines effective?

Yes, both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine are more than 94% effective.

Will vaccinations cause side effects?

Most people will have pain at the injection site, and some will have fatigue, headache, muscle pains, chills, or diarrhea. Some people will have no side effects at all. If side effects occur, they usually last for less than one day.

Can children be vaccinated?

The Moderna vaccine is authorized for people aged 18 and older, and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for people aged 16 and older. Virginia Department of Health guidelines state people ages 16 with certain conditions or disabilities that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will be eligible in Phase 1c.

After I’m vaccinated, what precautions do I need to continue to take?

After you have been vaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing. Please continue to follow these precautions.

Can women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant be vaccinated?

Please speak with your doctor about whether or not to be vaccinated.

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