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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Everyone 16 and up can register for a COVID vaccine April 18


Beginning Sunday, April 18, everyone who lives in the Fairfax Health District age 16 and older will be eligible to directly schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through VaccineFinder.org

As Fairfax County moves into Phase 2 with the rest of Virginia, the county’s Health Department will no longer register people for vaccinations. 

VaccineFinder displays available appointments from approved vaccine providers across the county, including the Health Department, pharmacies, hospitals, and some private practices. 

However, clinics managed by the Health Department and some of its partners might not be listed on that site until late April or early May due to insufficient vaccine supply and the need to finish vaccinating people on the waitlist.  

Everyone on the waitlist before it closes at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, will be contacted to schedule appointments within approximately one week. All other residents interested in obtaining a vaccine should use VaccineFinder.

The Fairfax County Health Department encourages residents to schedule an appointment on VaccineFinder with any provider based on the day, time, and location that is most convenient for them. Each provider might have a different process to sign up for an appointment. Once people get an appointment through VaccineFinder, they should take themselves off the county’s waitlist

Related story: Fairfax County halts use of J&J vaccine

After April 18, individuals who meet Phase 1 eligibility criteria can also register with the state system, Vaccinate Virginia, if there are no appointments available on VaccineFinder. If people need assistance, they can contact the state’s call center at 877-829-4682 or the Fairfax County call center, 703-324-7404. 

As Fairfax County shifts into Phase 2, the demand for vaccine still surpasses supply. The county anticipates vaccine supplies will begin to increase throughout the spring and summer.

“We are excited to take the next step to Phase 2. While our scheduling in Phase 1 went well, I am confident that the new scheduling process in Phase 2 will help since everyone will become eligible,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Jeffrey McKay. 

“However, I want to set expectations,” McKay said. “The high demand for vaccination in Fairfax County combined with the available vaccine supply will continue to be a challenge, especially in the initial weeks of Phase 2. With patience and care, we will get everyone vaccinated.” 

“I do very confidently think that everybody who wants to be vaccinated will get that chance by the end of May,” said Dr. Danny Avula, Virginia’s vaccine coordinator, during an April 14 briefing hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

He predicts Virginia will reach herd immunity, with 75 percent of the population vaccinated, by the end of the summer. 

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