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Quick Points About the Vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
- Vaccines work because they cause the body to produce an immune response against a disease.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is a long-anticipated tool that will help slow the spread of illness and end the pandemic.
- Getting vaccinated will protect you and people around you, including those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- All three vaccines are safe and extremely effective.
- Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12 to 15 at this point.
- If you are 12* years or older:
- Walk-in Clinic at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Mall
- NOTE: The last day to make an appointment or walk in for a COVID-19 vaccine at the Tysons CVC is Saturday, June 26.
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Map; or, stop on the WMATA Metro Silver Line
- Optional: Skip the line and make an appointment for the clinic
- Health Department Appointments (through VAMS)
- Check with your pediatrician or primary care doctor to see if they have the vaccine.
- *Ages 12 to 15 are approved for the Pfizer vaccine only.
- If you speak English as a second language, need an ASL interpreter by video, or have technical needs:
- Call Virginia Department of Health at (877) 829-4682 (TTY 711)
- ¿Necesitas vacunarte?
- Entérate cómo conseguir tu vacuna en Vaccinate.Virginia.gov o llamando al 1-877-829-4682 de 8am a 8pm. Traducción disponible en tu idioma. Usuarios de TTY pueden marcar al 7-1-1.
- Get a Free Ride to Your Vaccination through Uber, Lyft, and Capital Bikeshare
CDC's Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
Visit the CDC's website for the full details.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
- Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.
- If it has been less than two weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected.
What is Safe to Do Once You are Fully Vaccinated?
- If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
- Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
- Choose safer activities.
What You Should Keep Doing Even if Fully Vaccinated
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.
What We Know
- COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
- COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.
What We’re Still Learning
- How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
- How well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications.
- How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Vaccine (Safety, reactions, pregnancy, effectiveness)
How Does It Feel to Get the Vaccine?
Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines
Pfizer-BioNTech Fact Sheets (website; issued Dec. 11, 2020)
Moderna Fact Sheets (website; issued Dec. 18, 2020)
Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Fact Sheet (website; issued Feb. 27, 2020)
COVID-19 Information and Resources
City Information and Resources