Making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in Virginia is a three-step process: (1) determining which phase you fall into (2) pre-registering or filling out an interest form if necessary and (3) booking an appointment when it’s your turn. We’ll walk you through these steps below. Feel free to share this guide with anyone you know who needs assistance.
PLEASE NOTE: If you pre-register or fill out an interest form, that is not a scheduled appointment. You’ll be contacted when the vaccination site is ready to schedule you.
1. AM I ELIGIBLE?
Click the link below to take a survey and find out when you can get vaccinated:
And you can find out which phase your health district is vaccinating at the link below: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/phase-by-health-district/
PLEASE NOTE: Supply is extremely limited. Even if you are eligible, it may take a while to schedule an appointment.
2. YES, I AM ELIGIBLE! HOW CAN I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
Hooray! For general vaccine rollout information in Virginia, visit this site: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/
Now, let’s walk you through booking your appointment. There are many ways to schedule a vaccine in Virginia:
- Health care personnel: you should be vaccinated at your workplace. If you are a healthcare worker who can’t access the vaccine through your employer, call the local health department where you work or contact the VDH COVID-19 Call Center at 877-275-8343 for assistance.
- Residents of long-term care facilities: you should be vaccinated at your facility through partnerships with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.
- Essential workers: check with your employers to see if employer-based vaccination clinics are being held. If not, pre-register with the local health department where you work.
- Anyone else who is eligible: Virginia launched a centralized, statewide system at vaccinate.virginia.gov on Feb. 16 (Fairfax County has opted out. If you are a Fairfax resident skip to the next bullet point). According to the state Dept. of Health, “existing waiting lists will be imported to the new system and pre-registration will be temporarily unavailable throughout Virginia. All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system.” People will keep their current place in line and will be able to search that they are in the new system as of Tuesday morning, according to the Dept. of Health.
- Fairfax County chose to opt out of the centralized state system. The County launched its own vaccine dashboard here and you can register for a vaccine in Fairfax County at this website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine/registration
- Reach out to your local pharmacy. Many pharmacies and medical facilities have their own vaccine registration websites. CVS Pharmacy is administering COVID-19 vaccines to those who are eligible at locations throughout the state. Bookings are open online. You can register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. You can also call 800-746-7287.