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City of Falls Church COVID-19 & Urgent Updates

Posted on: February 24, 2021

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Vaccine Appointments

  • Who Can Register for the Vaccine Now?
  • How Those Groups Can Register
    • If you are police, fire, hazmat, corrections and homeless shelter workers, or childcare/K-12 teachers/staff, check with your employer about getting the vaccine.
    • The other groups:
      • Register for an appointment online and a health department representative will call or email to schedule the appointment.
      • If you do not have access to the internet or speak English as a second language, you can register for your appointment by calling the Health Department’s vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please note there is a very high call volume, and the online registration is preferred.
      • NOTE: Do not register through the new statewide registration system. Fairfax Health is not participating in that system.
  • How to Check Registration Status
    As COVID-19 vaccinations continue in our community, the Fairfax Health Department -- which is the City's health department -- has launched a series of new technology solutions to help residents further understand vaccine status in the Fairfax Health District. The new tools include:

    • Vaccine and Registration Data Dashboard
      • Current registration date now being scheduled for vaccines administered by the Health Department.
      • Number of people remaining on waitlist and total number registered.
      • Weekly vaccine doses received from the Virginia Department of Health and number vaccinated by Fairfax County.
      • Total number of doses received from the Virginia Department of Health since distribution began.
      • Total number of doses administered (first and second doses) by Fairfax County.
    • Vaccine Registration Status Checker
      • NOTE: Fairfax Health has identified an error with our Vaccine Registration Status Checker that is affecting residents who registered in the 75+ category before Jan. 18. Prior to that date, a zip code was not required to register, which is causing some individuals to receive an error message that their registration is invalid. Fairfax Health is fixing the problem, and the people who are affected by this will be included the next time appointments are available.
    • Weekly emails to those on the waitlist
      • The Health Department will soon begin to send weekly updates to everyone on the waitlist to confirm they are still in the queue and to provide links to the tools above to find additional information.
  • About the Vaccine at Retail Pharmacies
    Giant Pharmacy, MyDr.’s Pharmacy join Inova, George Mason University, Trusted Doctors to Vaccinate People Registered with Fairfax County Health Department. Giant Pharmacy locations in Fairfax Health District will use federal vaccine supply for individuals who registered with Health Department. CVS and Safeway Pharmacy offer vaccine to individuals 65+ in some local stores via federal program. Read more here.

  • Insurance Information
    The COVID-19 vaccine is free however, your vaccine provider may charge insurance an administration fee. Concerned individuals should contact the vaccine provider with questions about administration fees. Again, vaccination is at no cost to you and involves zero out-of-pocket fees.

  • More Vaccine General Information

Governor Northam to Ease Some COVID-19 Restrictions Starting March 1

Find more details on the governor's website, Read the Governor’s Announcement, or Read the Updated Executive Order 72, or Read Updated Guidelines for Specific Sectors

On February 24, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that as COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection rates continue to decline and vaccinations rise in Virginia, certain outdoor sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate at increased capacity starting Monday, March 1. He amended Executive Order 72 with the next steps to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus. 

The key changes in Executive Order 72 include: 

  • The limit for social gatherings is currently 10 people for both indoor and outdoor events. Effective March 1, this limit will increase to 25 for outdoor gatherings, but remain at 10 indoors. 
  • Outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate with up to 1,000 individuals or at 30 percent capacity, whichever is lower. If current trends continue, these venues may be able to operate at 30 percent capacity with no cap on the number of people permitted to attend starting in April. Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people. All entertainment venues were previously limited to a maximum of 250 individuals.  
  • Dining establishments: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol will be permitted until midnight, extended from 10 p.m. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms still must be closed between midnight and 5 a.m.  
  • As of May 1, overnight summer camps will be able to open with strict mitigation measures in place. Registration can begin now.  

Phase Three: City Government Programs and Services

Open

  • City Hall -- Open to limited business, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most City business can be conducted over the phone or by email; see this link for more information.
  • Mary Riley Styles Public Library -- Open with curbside service only. The library offers a multitude of online programs; see this link for more information.
  • Farmers Market -- Open in a "To Go" formation that encourages pre-ordering and quick pick-up. Masks and social distancing are required. See this link for more information.
  • Athletic Fields – Athletic fields are open for individual use by the community. Organized use by Recreation and Parks sponsored or permitted programs will follow governor’s and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines pertaining to use of athletic fields. As always, fields will close for inclement weather. All users must obey field closed signs when on display.
  • Basketball Courts, Volleyball court and Skate Park – Facilities are open, but users must stay 10 feet apart.
  • Playgrounds – Playgrounds in City parks are open. There is no special cleaning; visitors should use at their own risk and must adhere to wearing masks and social distancing.
  • Picnic Shelters – Picnic shelters are open; visitors should use at their own risk and must adhere to wearing masks and social distancing. Rentals for picnic shelters are not being accepted at this time.
  • Tennis Courts -- Open by reservation for City residents; visit www.fallschurchva.gov/Tennis to make a reservation and read the guidelines and restrictions.

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